The Valero Texas Open, which was won on Sunday by Australian Steven Bowditch despite shooting four over par on the final round, continues to be a money machine for children's charities nationwide, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The tournament raised $9 million for children's charities this year, and is poised to go over the $100 million mark for charitable contributions since Valero began its title sponsorship in 2002.
"For us, that is what the tournament is all about," Valero Corporation President Joe Gorder said. "It's about the hundreds of children's charities that benefit from our efforts, and the constant support of our spectators and sponsors."
The money, which is raised through sponsorships, pro-am events, and the Birdies for Charity program, will be distributed in all of the areas were Valero has operations, refineries, pipelines, and branded gas stations.
Valero will retain the title sponsorship through the 2018 event, and is currently the top charitable fundraiser on the PGA Tour.
But despite all that, the Texas Open is not feeing the love from the national sports media today. 'The Bleacher Report' blasts the Texas Open for having to compete with March Madness, and for having a 'very thin field, with barely any guys from golf's top Ten World Rankings.'
"finally, you end with a final group that couldn't put the ball in the hole and the winner shoots a 76 on the final day," the Bleacher Report said.
None of that matters to Bowditch, who pocketed a little more than $1.1 million for his victory, and it doesn't say anywhere on the check that he shot a four over par on the final round.