Anthony Kim returns to the Valero Texas Open for the third time this week. He’s the only player ranked among the top 20 in the field and a loyal San Antonio supporter ever since officials gave him a sponsor exemption in 2006 when he was a relative unknown straight out of the University of Oklahoma.
“The great thing about Anthony is we gave him a spot in 2006 (where he finished tied for second), he comes back in 2007 after a good rookie year and we felt like he’d met his obligation to us, so to speak,” said Tony Piazzi, president and CEO of Golf San Antonio, the organization that runs the Texas Open. “But then he turns around and comes back this year. That’s cool.”
Piazzi made a similar investment in the future this week, granting invites to Hawaiian teen Tadd Fujikawa and to a pair of young pro prospects from Texas A&M, Matthew Loving and Martin Piller.