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What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Steven Bowditch at The 2014 Valero Texas Open - Great Golf Deals.com Blog

San Antonio: Australian golfer Steven Bowditch, who has known some of the darkest days, has broken through to claim his maiden US PGA Tour victory and a start in next week's US Masters.

The 30-year-old Bowditch won the Texas Open by one shot despite shooting a final round of four-over-par 76 to finish at eight-under 280 on the tough Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course in San Antonio.

It's the third win by an Australian on the tour in five weeks, following Jason Day in the WGC-Match Play Championship and John Senden in the Valspar Championship.

And it's a huge breakthrough for Bowditch, who has battled with clinical depression, struggling especially in the early part of his US tour career, and spoken publicly about the ordeal.

He now has a two-year exemption to continue playing on the US tour and he will leap from his modest world ranking of No.339 - as well as collect $US1.11 million ($1.20 million) in prizemoney.

More immediately he will join defending champion Adam Scott, Day and Senden at the Masters at Augusta National next week for the year's first major championship.

"I'm over the moon, I really can't believe it," Bowditch said. "I've got no idea [how I got through it], to be honest.

"I just drew back on some experience and got some advice from different people.

"It just happened to be my week, I guess."

Bowditch is a spokesman for Australian non-profit group beyondblue, which promotes awareness of depression and has also been speaking out in support of Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, who was recently admitted to hospital suffering from the illness.

Bowditch, who was congratulated near the 18th green by Australians John Senden, Aaron Baddeley and Scott Gardiner, said the positive people he surrounded himself with this week helped him battle through the rough patches.

"I've got a great supporting team," Bowditch said. "I drew on some of my experience and got some advice from different people."

Bowditch went into the final round with a three-shot lead and, with the course playing very tough, he was able to get away with making a double bogey on the fourth hole and four bogeys, including one on the last hole when he missed a one metre putt.

"Every time I got out of check, looking ahead to the Masters and winning golf events and making my speeches before I was finished, I had to pull myself in check every time," he said. "And it happened a lot today."

Bowditch has made the cut in seven of his 12 US PGA Tour starts in 2014, with a share of 19th place at Pebble Beach his only previous top-25 finish of the season.

His previous best career finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for second at the Greenbrier Classic last year, though he has won three times on the Australasian PGA Tour.

Americans Will MacKenzie (70) and Daniel Summerhays (71) tied for second behind Bowditch.


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