STEVEN BOWDITCH won his first PGA title at the Valero Texas Open by one shot yesterday and he had to navigate a windy course to do so.
The Australian’s final round score of 76 was the highest by a winner since Vijay Singh in 2004 at Whistling Straits.
“I was able to stay pretty positive, to be honest,” Bowditch said. “After a period of time out there, with the way I was playing, I kind of just accepted the fact that I was going to be playing from cactuses, moving rocks, missing putts and just had to deal with it every time.
“It happened so frequently that it never really surprised me. I was just lucky enough that the wind was up enough today that no one else could squeeze in there and shoot a good score.”
“After I played well on Thursday, with my ballstriking, I thought, ‘Hang on a moment, I might be able to get in contention this week’ with the way I was hitting the ball,” he added.
Bowditch rose to World No.155 and the win gets him an invite to the Masters in a fortnight.
What's in Steven's bag?
Driver: Cleveland Classic XL (Miyazaki Kusula Tour Issue 56X shaft), 7.5 degrees
3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3Deep (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X Tour Spec shaft), 14.5 degrees
Hybrid: Callaway X2 Hot Pro (Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 9.8X Tour Spec shaft), 18 degrees
Irons: Cleveland 588 MB (3-9; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 Forged (50-08, 54-12, 60-08; True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts)
Putter: Rife Antigua Island Series
Ball: Titleist ProV1x