Yesterday at TPC San Antonio, staffer Steven Bowditch maintained his lead and came away with a victory at the Valero Texas Open, the first of his PGA Tour career. The 30-year-old Australian overcame windy conditions on Sunday to finish with a one-stroke victory at eight-under 280, becoming the third Australian to win on the PGA Tour in the last six weeks.
Bowditch, who is more commonly known as “Bowdo” around the TOUR, finished Round 4 with a score of 76, enough to secure his first win in 110 career starts on the PGA Tour. The victory not only earned him $1,116,000, the largest payday of his professional career, but it also secured him a spot in this year’s Masters Tournament.
“I’m over the moon. I really can’t believe it,” said Bowditch. “I guessed it just happened to be my week. I haven’t thought about Augusta; the only time I played it has been on the Play Station. So I think I know a few of the breaks. I’m excited.”
Bowditch, who has battled with severe depression throughout his 13-year professional career, was ranked 339th in the world headed into this week’s event. His previous best finish was in 2013 at The Greenbrier Classic, where he finished tied for second, earning $415,800.
Bowditch played a Classic XL (7.5°) driver with a Miyazaki Indigo shaft (56X), 588 Forged MB irons (3-PW), and a set of 588 Forged RTG wedges with ROTEX face milling (50°, 54°, 60°). We are very proud of Steven’s accomplishments and cannot wait to see him next week at Augusta!