Australian Bowditch wins Byron Nelson by four

Sun May 31, 2015 8:07pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The four-stroke victory by Steven Bowditch at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday might rank as only his second best experience at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas.

Four years after getting married at the resort, Bowditch became the latest Australian to win the PGA Tour stop in Irving, Texas, when he pulled away with a decisive four-birdie burst over the final eight holes.

“This is a very special place for myself and my wife. We took some wedding pictures here. Now I get to take some more pictures,” Bowditch told CBS TV after tapping in his winning putt only a few yards from where he tied the knot with Amanda.

He finished at 18-under 259, earning nearly $1.3 million for his second PGA Tour victory, while Americans Charley Hoffman (65), Jimmy Walker (66) and Scott Pinckney (66) shared second on 14-under.

The odd total came as the par-four 14th was played as a par-three the final three rounds due to saturated conditions.

Bowditch, who turns 32 next week, is the third Australian winner here over the last eight years, joining Adam Scott (2008) and Jason Day (2010). All three players learned their craft at the same golf academy in Queensland.

He started the day with a two-shot lead and effectively clinched victory with a brilliant birdie at the par-five 16th.

Bowditch said his apparent calmness masked his nervousness down the stretch.

“I guess you’d call it a duck on a pond. The feet are churning a mile a minute and you’re just cruising on the surface. That’s how I felt out there.”   Continued...

Steven Bowditch tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of The Barclays golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in this file photo taken on August 21, 2014 . Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports