Valero Texas Open. Steve Bowditch Wins First PGA Tour Title March 30 2014
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 ImagesSteve 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.