Steve Bowditch won his first PGA TOUR title at the Valero Texas Open on the TPC San Antonio golf course
Steve Bowditch and his first Trophy / Getty Images
Steve carded a final round of +4 over par 76, but his -8 under par total was still enough to lift the trophy. His final-round score was the highest by a winner since Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. The field today averaged a very mediocre 73.8 on a windy day at TPC San Antonio.
Steve said he knew early on that is was going to be a tough day at the office;
“I was able to stay pretty positive, to be honest. 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 cactus, 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.”
Steve swapped his putter after the first round, but said that is something he does on an almost weekly basis;
“After I played well on Thursday, with my ball-striking, I thought, ‘Hang on a moment, I might be able to get in contention this week with the way I was hitting the ball.’ I just wanted to go back to a putter that I was completely comfortable with.”
Will Mackenzie and Daniel Summerhayes tied for second place at -7 under par, Will with a final round -2 under par 70, and Daniel a -1 under par 71.
Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe shared fourth place at -6 under par, both of them carding last rounds of +3 over par 75.