He’s not a household name by any means, but Steven Bowditch just joined countrymen Jason Day and Adam Scott in a prestigious group of golfers.
At 30 years of age, Bowditch is finally a PGA Tour champion.
At one point, Bowditch was thought of in the same terms as Day and Scott, having graduated from the same boarding school as the two stars, but having battled severe depression, he was never able to truly take that next step in his career.
Bowditch did come close as recently as last season, when he finished tied for second at the Greenbrier Classic. This win, however, could change Bowditch’s career forever. Not only will the win skyrocket him up from 339th in the Official World Golf Ranking, where he started the week, but he’s also earned a two-year exemption on Tour, as well as the most special prize for most players, a trip to Augusta National for the 2014 Masters Tournament.
It was anything but easy, as windy conditions made TPC San Antonio a beast to play. The low round of the day was Jimmy Walker‘s four-under-par 68. Top-ten machine Matt Kuchar and 25-year-old Andrew Loupe, who were tied for second at the 54-hole mark, both fell off the pace with matching rounds of 75. Even though Bowditch shot 76, he had earned enough of a cushion that he was able to three-putt on the 18th to seal the deal.
Is Bowditch going to parlay this into even more success on the Tour? It’s tough to say, but we’ve seen more surprising things happen all year. What’s most impressive here is that Bowditch has added his name to the list of players who have stepped up when superstars like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have been struggling, and that is no small feat.
While the life of a Tour grinder can take its toll on the best of players, Bowditch’s personal triumphs both on and off the course are something we can all look up to.