Akshay Bhatia leads, Rory McIlroy in pursuit

After the second round at the Valero Texas Open 2024, there's a clear lead from Akshay Bhatia

by Andrea Gussoni
Akshay Bhatia leads, Rory McIlroy in pursuit
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After the second round at the Valero Texas Open 2024, there's a clear lead from Akshay Bhatia. The 22-year-old Californian surpasses everyone on a day that's not so easy for many, as evidenced by the scarcity of low scores under par.

Nonetheless, he manages to rise to -11 with a -2 on Friday.

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Bhatia capitalizes on the fact that his closest pursuer, Brendon Todd, fails to go beyond even par, thus remaining at -6 and getting caught up by both Russell Henley and Denny McCarthy.

Sky offers a trial at €9, giving you access to all Sky TV, Sky Sport, Sky Calcio, Sky Cinema with Paramount+, and Netflix content for 30 days. Rory McIlroy also scores -2: the Northern Irishman maintains consistency, perhaps aiming for a breakthrough in the second half of the tournament.

Currently, he stands alone in fifth place at -6, ahead of Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Adam Schenk, Peter Kuest, and Webb Simpson (with a -5 for the day and a rise of 74 positions), all at -5. Finally, a tie for tenth place among a broad range of golfers: representing the United States are Robby Shelton, Nick Hardy, Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore, and Mark Hubbard, while Thorbjorn Olesen represents Denmark, Matti Schmid represents Germany, and Corey Conners represents Canada.

Rory McIlroy, born on May 4, 1989, in Holywood, Northern Ireland, is a professional golfer. He has held the number 1 spot in the world rankings for 95 weeks and has been in the top ten for over 300 weeks. McIlroy has achieved numerous victories in major tournaments: the 2011 US Open, the 2014 Open Championship, and the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championships.

He also finished third in the 2010 and 2022 Open Championships and the 2009 and 2010 PGA Championships. Furthermore, McIlroy won the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the 2015 WGC Match Play, the 2015 DP World Tour Championship, the 2016, 2019, and 2022 Tour Championships, and the FedEx Cup in 2016, 2019, and 2022.

He was second in the 2012 WGC Match Play, third in the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship, and fourth in the 2009 and 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions. The Northern Irishman boasts 20 victories on the PGA Tour and 7 additional wins on the European Tour.

He finished first on the European circuit in 2012, 2014, and 2015, and second in 2009 and 2011, as well as first on the American circuit in 2014 and 2016, and third in 2012. Moreover, McIlroy has been part of the European team in the Ryder Cup since 2010, scoring eight points in twelve matches.

McIlroy has been a UNICEF Ireland ambassador since June 2011. In December 2011, he was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire. Additionally, he received the Radio Telefís Éireann Sports Personality of the Year award in 2011 and the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year in 2012.

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