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Steven Bowditch Locks Up the Valero Texas Open

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Steven Bowditch battled through blustery conditions on a difficult TPC San Antonio golf course to win the Valero Texas Open.

The 30 year old Australian began Sunday's final round with a three stroke lead thanks to three rounds in the sixties that placed him at 12 under par.  Bowditch dropped a few shots early, but remained atop the leaderboard as his chasers also fell victim to the difficult, windy conditions.  On the back nine, a birdie on the par 5 - 14th hole helped pad his lead. Heading to the final hole with a two stroke advantage, Bowditch made a bogey but it would be enough to take home his first PGA Tour win.

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The win punches Bowditch's ticket to the Masters, the Players and the PGA Championship. 

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  • Great first win for Steve. Pressure may have  been the problem on the final 18, but after seeing replays (We were on the road going home) he seemed to settle down and finish ahead.

  • Another great week for FootJoy.

  • He hung in there and found a way to win. Nice perserverance.

  • It's great to see a pro get his first win. Even better when he sports the Footjoy  shoes and gloves, the same brand I use.

  • Good win for sure.

  • Gotta be the shoes money !!

  • A well deserved win and overdue.  Way to hangon on an unusual day in Texas.  Look forward to seeing you at the Masters.  

  • I was really happy to watch Steve Win for the first time, especially when you learn of the path he walked to get to the victory, he has overcome so much and I wish him well.  However I was extremely disappointed in the PGA in the fact that they did not penalize the other young man in the lead group that takes so very long to pull the trigger on a shot.  If the PGA will not do anything to speed up play, then I think the television folks need to let them know they are going to hit the tour where it affects them the most in the revenues.  there is no way that a professional golfer, who plays the tour should take 3 hours to play nine holes of golf, unless there is some incredible unforeseen circumstance that affects all play.  It was hard to watch and it is high time that slow play is penalized no matter who the player is.   chic Chi said many years ago "if I do not know what I want to do with a shot from the time I hit my last shot, til I walk to the next shot, then I don't belong out here"!  He also said if you are going to miss it, miss it fast and move on to the next shot.  Slow play is in my mind the worst issue in golf right now, no matter what the level of competition.

  • Congrats.