Valero Texas Open 2024 LIVE commentary: Tee times, field, leaderboard, and how to follow as Rory McIlroy headlines event before The Masters

The Valero Texas Open will serve as the warm-up act to upcoming Masters as Rory McIlroy headlines the field at TPC San Antonio this weekend.

The Texas event is traditionally the tournament on the week prior to the first Major of the year as players gear up for Augusta.

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McIlroy will take part in the Valero Texas Open this weekCredit: Getty

McIlroy has elected to play in San Antonio this year and will hope for a big week before beginning his latest shot at Masters and Grand Slam glory.

Canada’s Corey Conners won this event last year while former champions include Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Jimmy Walker.

The winner this week will earn the final Masters invite if not otherwise exempt.

Valero Texas Open: Date and how to follow

The Texas Open is being held from Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7.

Play will begin at 1:20pm UK time each day.

It is taking place at the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. The course will be a par 72 and will measure a maximum of 7,438 yards in length.

talkSPORT 2 will have live commentary of all four days from Texas – click here to tune in.

The action will also be shown on Sky Sports Golf throughout the week.

Upcoming PGA Tour events

The Masters

Apr 11 / Apr 14 – Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia – $18m prize pot- Major Championship

RBC Heritage

Apr 18 / Apr 21 – Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina – $20m prize pot – Signature event

Corales Puntacana Championship

Apr 18 / Apr 21 – Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic – $4m prize pot

Zurich Classic

Apr 25 / Apr 28 – TPC Louisiana, Louisiana – $8.9m prize pot- Team event

CJ Cup Byron Nelson

May 2 / May 5 – TPC Craig Ranch, Texas – $9.5m prize pot

Valero Texas Open: Field and tee times

Despite being on the eve of the prestigious Masters, the Texas Open boasts a brilliant field this year.

Nine of the world’s top 20 will tee it up including McIlroy, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatick, Tommy Fleetwood and Collin Morikawa.

The event will consist of 156 players and will include a 36-hole cut on Friday night.

The full field, groups and tee times have been confirmed and can be found here.

And the latest leaderboard from Texas can be found here.

Dallas-native Spieth is always a fan favourite at the Valero Texas Open

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Dallas-native Spieth is always a fan favourite at the Valero Texas Open

Valero Texas Open: What has been said?

McIlroy needs Masters glory next week to become only the sixth man in history to complete golf’s Grand Slam of winning all four Major titles.

He has decided to play the Texas Open as part of his preparations and will be desperate to find some form after an underwhelming start to the year on the PGA Tour.

He said: “I am looking forward to returning to San Antonio and being a part of the 100th Anniversary of the Texas Open. I have fond memories of my last time competing there.

“I just wanted to mix it up. I sort of haven’t really enjoyed the format of the Match Play the last couple years and I just wanted to mix it up and I still wanted to feel like I was sharp going into Augusta.

“I don’t want to make this week all about Augusta, I still want to be here and compete and try to win this golf tournament, but yeah, I just wanted to mix it up and I’m glad to be back.

“I played the week before the Masters a few times when it was in Houston and now here.”



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