Few other PGA Tour events have such a long and storied tradition as the Valero Texas Open.

It began in 1922, making it the sixth-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open, U.S. Open, BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open), the Canadian Open and the PGA Championship.

The list of champions includes Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson.

It has a history of low scoring. Mike Souchak set the 72-hole scoring record at 256 in the 1955 Texas Open, a record that stood for 46 years until Mark Calcavecchia beat it by one shot at the 2001 Phoenix Open. And then two years later, Tommy Armour III shot 254 at the Texas Open, and that record stood for 14 years until Justin Thomas broke it at the Sony Open this year.

And then there’s Kevin Na, delivering a line rarely heard at the highest level of golf.

“How are we going to count all the shots?” Na said to his caddie in 2011 when he needed video help to mark down a 16 on the ninth hole at the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio. And that’s not even a record.

The 86th edition of the Texas Open is the centerpiece of another flat week for golf. For the second straight week, no one from among the top 10 is playing on the PGA Tour. Patrick Reed at No. 15 is the highest-ranked player at the TPC San Antonio.

Bubba Watson has taken his colored golf balls to China to play in the Shenzhen International on the European Tour. The Web.com Tour returns to action after a month break, and two players will post the lowest score of the year on the PGA Tour Champions — it’s a team event, and one of the courses is a par 3.


Tiger Woods is known for his fist pump . Charley Hoffman is known for his leg kick .

Golf has seen a lot more fist pumps from a guy in a red shirt, though Hoffman was no less excited when he won the Texas Open a year ago. He was momentarily tied with Patrick Reed when Hoffman holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a one-shot victory.

The AT&T Course opened in 2010 and was designed by Greg Norman, with Sergio Garcia as a “consultant.” Garcia has played the tournament just one time since it moved to the TPC San Antonio.

Phil Mickelson is not returning after three straight years at the Texas Open, none particularly memorable. He withdrew after 36 holes with a pulled oblique muscle in 2014. He missed the cut last year. He tied for 30th in 2015, where he made highlights when his club flew off the shaft while hitting a bunker shot.

This will be the professional debut of Curtis Luck, the pony-tailed Australian who sailed to an easy victory last year in the U.S. Amateur .

And it’s a home game for PGA champion Jimmy Walker, who only a few weeks ago realized Lyme Disease is why he has been feeling so fatigued…