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Golf roundup: Steven Bowditch wins Texas Open

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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 in San Antonio for a 4-over 76 for a 1-stroke victory.

“I’m over the moon. I really can’t believe it,” Bowditch said.

It was the highest closing score by a winner since Vijay Singh finished with a 4-over 76 in the 2004 PGA Championship, and the highest in a non-major since Fred Couples had a 5-over 77 in the 1983 Kemper Open.

Bowditch finished at 8-under 280 at TPC San Antonio and earned $1,116,000.

“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,” said Bowditch, wearing a green shirt. “And it happened a lot today.”

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

Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays tied for second. MacKenzie shot 70, and Summerhays had a 71.

Chesson Hadley and Ryan Palmer missed chances to get into the Masters through the top 50 in the world ranking. Hadley, the Puerto Rico Open winner, needed at least a sixth-place finish, but closed with an 80 to tie for 56th at 5 over. Palmer needed a top-three finish and had an 82 to also tie for 56th.

Bowditch played the front nine in 3-over 39, making a double bogey on the par-4 fourth. He countered a bogey on the par-3 13th with a birdie on the par-5 14th and made three pars before missing a 3-foot par putt and settling for a bogey on 18.

On the par-3 16th, he 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.

LPGA Tour

Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif., for her second victory in her last four LPGA Tour starts.

Two strokes behind leaders Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas entering the round, Nordqvist closed with her second straight 5-under 67 for a 1-stroke victory over Salas.

The 26-year-old Swede won the LPGA Thailand last month to end a five-year victory drought, holding off top-ranked Inbee Park.

Salas birdied the 18th for a 70. Lexi Thompson was third at 11 under after a 68.

Louisiana Open

Kris Blanks won the Louisiana Open for his second career Web.com Tour title, closing a 9-under 62 and beating Brett Stegmaier with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.

Seven strokes behind leader Kyle Reifers at the start of the round, Blanks matched Stegmaier at 14-under 270 at La Triomphe.

Stegmaier finished with a 68. He missed a 60-foot birdie try on the third extra hole. Reifers and Jonathan Randolph tied for third at 13 under.


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