Akshay Bhatia still undisputed leader in Texas

The Californian golfer puts together a -4 in the third round of the event held in Houston and shows no signs of slowing down: he leads the pack with a score of -15 and maintains a significant margin over everyone else

by Andrea Gussoni
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Akshay Bhatia still undisputed leader in Texas
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Akshay Bhatia's relentless pursuit continues at the 2024 Valero Texas Open. The Californian golfer puts together a -4 in the third round of the event held in Houston and shows no signs of slowing down: he leads the pack with a score of -15 and maintains a significant margin over everyone else.

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The only one with any possible hope is Denny McCarthy, who sits behind him but trails by four strokes. However, he manages to gain one back, which is already a positive factor for him. Brendon Todd secures the third position on his own, sitting at -8 after shooting a -2.

The first real shared position is found with the two players tied for fourth at -7, Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama (who climbed 30 spots with a -6 on the moving day) and American Russell Henley. Behind them is Ludvig Aberg in sixth place, with the Swedish golfer shooting a -5 to reach -6.

His compatriot Alex Noren also performs admirably, climbing to seventh at -5 with a -6 round, joining Rory McIlroy (who shot even par for the day), Filipino Rico Hoey, and veteran American Stewart Cink. The Valero Texas Open has been managed by Wasserman Media Group since 2017.

In 2003, it witnessed Tommy Armour III setting the 72-hole PGA Tour scoring record of 254. Renowned players such as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Arnold Palmer, who won the tournament three consecutive times, have claimed victory here.

Throughout its history, the tournament has been known for yielding low scores, with every winner since its inception in 1934 finishing under-par. Located in the San Antonio area, the Valero Texas Open is the sixth oldest professional golf tournament globally, the third oldest on the PGA Tour, and holds the record for being held in the same city for the longest duration.

The tournament has been hosted at eight different golf courses over the years. Initially held at Brackenridge Park Golf Course, it later moved to Willow Springs Golf Course and Ft. Sam Houston Golf Course for a brief period.

Oak Hills Country Club and Pecan Valley Golf Club were subsequent hosts, followed by Woodlake Golf Club. From 1995 to 2009, it was held at the Resort Course at La Cantera Golf Club before moving to its current venue, The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, in the affluent Cibolo Canyon community, in 2010.

Previously scheduled in September or October, the event was shifted to May in 2009 to replace the Atlanta Classic and became a regular FedEx Cup event. The 2009 edition saw an increased purse and marked the first time the winner's share exceeded $1 million.

In 2011, the tournament moved to the week following the Masters Tournament, with the 2011 edition remembered for Kevin Na's 16 on the ninth hole in the opening round.

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