2014 Valero Texas Open results: Steven Bowditch win is an amazing story for PGA Tour

The conditions were brutal in San Antonio on Sunday, with the final pairing of Bowditch, Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe taking turns making a mess on the front nine. They all dropped shots to tumble, but the rest of the field was dealing with the same high winds and slippery greens to post almost exclusively numbers over par. After three straight rounds in the 60s, Bowditch played his first four holes in 3-over to allow Kuchar to pull even. It was a startlingly quick way to give away the three-shot lead he started with, but those crooked numbers caught up to Kuchar as well.

Bowditch, ranked 339th in the world at the start of the week, set aside those early struggles, and held on to fire a 37 coming into the clubhouse to get in at 8-under. He hit just 18 greens-in-regulation on the entire weekend, but his chipping, and not his ability to bomb it off the tee, pushed him to the win. Sunday was such a tough day that his final-round 76 was enough to give him a comfortable cushion on the 18th hole, a rare final round number for a winner.

He’s now the third Aussie to win on the PGA Tour this season, joining his good friend John Senden and Jason Day. Bowditch has played in just one major championship in his career, a missed cut at the 2003 British Open, but now he’s headed to the Masters in less than two weeks. Like Matt Every last week, it’s an awesome story for the PGA Tour and for golf.


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