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    Closing 76 enough for Bowditch to win in Texas and secure berth in Masters

    Mar 31, 2014
    Steven Bowditch finishes at 8-under 280 at TPC San Antonio and earns $1,116,000. AP

    SAN ANTONIO — Steven Bowditch held on to win the Texas Open in windy conditions Sunday (Monday, Manila time) for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters.

    The 30-year-old Australian bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 4-over 76 — the highest closing score by a winner since Vijay Singh finished with a 4-over 76 in the 2004 PGA Championship — for a one-stroke victory.

    "I'm over the moon," Bowditch said. "I really can't believe it."

    Bowditch finished at 8-under 280 at TPC San Antonio and earned $1,116,000.

    Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays tied for second. MacKenzie shot 70, and Summerhays had a 71.

    Chesson Hadley and Ryan Palmer missed chances to get into the Masters through the top 50 in the world ranking. Hadley, the Puerto Rico Open winner, needed at least a sixth-place finish, but closed with an 80 to tie for 56th at 5 over. Palmer needed a top-three finish and had an 82 to also tie for 56th.

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    Bowditch entered the week 339th in the world and had only two top-10 finishes in eight years on the tour in a career marked by bouts of depression. He won once on the Australasian circuit and twice on the Web.Com Tour.

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    Bowditch played the front nine in 3-over 39, making a double bogey on the par-4 fourth. He countered a bogey on the par-3 13th with a birdie on the par-5 14th and made three pars before missing a 3-foot par putt and settling for a bogey on 18.

    On the par-3 16th, he got up-and-down after missing the green. He pushed his drive on the par-4 17th, hit his approach on the green and two-putted, then pulled his tee shot left on 18, recovered with a shot to the fairway and reached the green in three.

    "I just drew back on some experience," Bowditch said.

    MacKenzie made a 13-foot birdie putt on the 17th to pull within a stroke of Bowditch, but the Australian tapped in from 2 feet for his birdie at No. 14 to push the advantage back to two.

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    Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe shot 75s to tie for fourth at 6-under.

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    Steven Bowditch finishes at 8-under 280 at TPC San Antonio and earns $1,116,000. AP
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