Grading the Texas Open
Steven Bowditch held off soma more familiar names like Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk to win the 2014 Texas Open in San Antonio.
There are great stories, there are really great stories, and then there's Steven Bowditch.
The formerly-downtrodden Australian has overcome depression and a severe mental illness that once drove him to attempt suicide at his condo in Dallas.
According to this profile in Golf Digest from 2009 Bowditch was so ill he would do things you and I would consider ridiculous.
"Once, he got in his car and drove 3½ hours, in no particular direction for no particular reason."
The profile detailed an instance where he nearly started crying on the course at a tournament in Memphis because he couldn't bring himself to hit a shot and two-putt to make a cut.
San Antonio was a long way from Memphis this week.
Bowditch took the 54-hole lead at the Texas Open with a brilliant 69-68-67 start and was afforded the opportunity to fall back on a 76 on Sunday to beat Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays by one stroke.
He nearly ran into trouble at the last hole with a slightly-pulled drive but recovered for a three-putt bogey that gave the 30-year-old PGA Tour victory No. 1.
According to Justin Ray the 76 Bowditch shot on Sunday is the highest final-round score for a non-major winner on the PGA Tour since Fred Couples at the 1983 Kemper Open.
But really, who the heck cares how he did it because a man who once tried to drown himself less than 10 years ago won a tournament on the PGA Tour on Sunday.
He told NBC's Steve Sands he was "over the moon" about his win in a very Australian kind of way.
I was over the moon just watching him play golf.
Here are our grades for the Texas Open:
|A||After Steven Bowditch's Texas Open W, three Australians have won on the PGA Tour this season. None have been Adam Scott. Finish: Win|
|A||It feels like Jim Furyk always plays pretty well at this course. He finished T3 here last year and other than a second-round 74 played solidly again. The ultimate grinder. Finish: T6|
|A||Matt Kuchar had the round of the tournament with a 65 in the third but he couldn't chase down Bowditch on Sunday. Still, he'll take some confidence to the place he most covets -- Augusta. Finish: T4|
|B||Jordan Spieth was 6 over through seven holes on Thursday and somehow willed himself to a top 10 finish. Kid doesn't understand what it means to quit. Finish: 10|
|C||Home-state boy Justin Leonard actually would have been in the mix on Sunday if not for an opening 76. Still cruised on in to a top 25 finish. Finish: T31|
|I||Phil Mickelson withdrew with an oblique injury on Saturday which didn't matter much for the Texas Open (because he was too far back) but might matter a lot for the Masters in two weeks. Finish: WD|
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