Texas City: Australia’s Steven Bowditch claimed his maiden win on the US PGA Tour, carding a four-over 76 in tough conditions for a one-shot victory in the Texas Open. The Australian, who came into the event ranked 339th in the world, survived a windswept final round at the TPC San Antonio.
It was the highest closing score by a winner of a tour event since 2004, but Bowditch had no complaints after securing his first victory in 110 starts, earning $1.116 million, along with a prized invitation to the Masters in two weeks.
“It’s so hard out there. I’ve never really felt that way for a whole day,” he said after tapping in from six inches for a bogey at the final hole to finish at eight-under 280 and edge Americans Will MacKenzie (70) and Daniel Summerhays (71).
Bowditch is the third Australian to win on the tour this year, joining Jason Day (WGC Match Play) and John Senden (Tampa Bay Championship). The 30-year-old from Queensland, the same state as Day, Senden and Adam Scott.