Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Steven Bowditch wins PGA Tour's Texas Open

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

The 30-year-old Australian bogeyed the par-5 18th for 4-over 76, the highest closing score by a winner since Vijay Singh finished with 4-over 76 in the 2004 PGA Championship and the highest in a non-major since Fred Couples had 5-over 77 in the 1983 Kemper Open.

Bowditch finished at 8-under 280 for a one-stroke victory at TPC San Antonio and earned $1.12 million.

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

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

On the par-3 16th, Bowditch 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.

Bowditch, based in Dallas, entered the week 339th in the world and had two top-10 finishes in eight years on the tour.

lpga: Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic at Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif., her second victory in her past four starts.

Two strokes behind leaders Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas entering the round, Nordqvist had a second straight 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Salas. Projected to jump from 16th to ninth in the world, Nordqvist, 26, finished at 13-under 275 and earned $255,000.

The Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the year, is next week.

Laura Diaz had a hole-in-one for the second straight day in the Kia, the second player in LPGA Tour history to make two aces in a tournament. Saturday she aced the par-3 third hole. Sunday she aced the 157-yard par-3 sixth with a 6-iron. Jenny Lidback had two aces at the 1997 Tournament of Champions.