Monday Qualifiers: Valero Texas Open
April 16, 2018
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Matteson wins the 2009 Frys.com Open
Here’s a look at the four players, including a two-time PGA TOUR winner, who successfully navigated the Valero Texas Open’s Monday qualifier at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.
JOSHUA CREEL (65)
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Alma mater: Central Oklahoma
PGA TOUR starts: None
Notes: Creel has one top-10 in five career starts on the Web.com Tour. He also has 19 career starts on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, including a T5 in his debut in 2013. He won once on the Adams Pro Tour in 2017.
PAUL McCONNELL (67)
Hometown: Allen, Texas
Alma mater: Texas-Arlington
PGA TOUR starts: 2
Best PGA TOUR finish: MC, 2016 Shell Houston Open and 2016 Valero Texas Open
Notes: McConnell also Monday qualified for his previous two PGA TOUR starts. He fired 73-75 at TPC San Antonio two years ago. He has two top-10s in 32 career starts on Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. He finished T80 in his lone Web.com Tour start, at the 2015 Price Cutter Charity Championship.
TROY MATTESON (67)
Hometown: Leander, Texas
Alma mater: Georgia Tech
PGA TOUR starts: 274
Best PGA TOUR finish: Won, 2006 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and 2009 Safeway Open
Notes: The two-time PGA TOUR winner hasn’t made more than 10 PGA TOUR starts since 2014. His last PGA TOUR win came in a playoff over a pair of promising first-year pros, Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark. Matteson has played just one tournament this year, finishing T19 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
CURTIS REED (67)
Hometown: Castroville, Texas
Alma mater: Houston
PGA TOUR starts: 2
Best PGA TOUR finish: T55, 2016 Valero Texas Open
Notes: Reed, who grew up in nearby Castroville, received a sponsor exemption into this event two years ago. He has twice shot 57 at his home course, Alsatian Golf Course in Castroville. “My dad took me to watch the Valero Texas Open every year growing up, and it’s where I knew I wanted to play professional golf for a living,” he wrote in his PGA TOUR profile.
HOUSTON OPEN QUALIFIERS
T8. Julian Suri, 66-69-73-67
T68. Dawie van der Walt, 70-69-69-76
MC. Zach Cabra, 73-71
MC. Ryan Baca, 70-75
THIS SEASON’S QUALIFIERS
Made cut: 18 (35.3%)
Top-10s: 3 (Scott Strohmeyer, T4 at Sanderson Farms; Trey Mullinax, T8 at Valspar; Julian Suri, T8 at Houston)
Most times qualified: T.J. Vogel (3)