A TRIUMPHANT Steven Bowditch tapped in for par to take the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons, venue for his wedding almost four years ago.
The Aussie golfer claimed his second US PGA Tour victory in style, leading for most of a tournament staged near his adopted home town in Dallas.
Bowditch shot an opening round 62 and mostly lead or shared the lead from then on.
He had a two stroke lead going into the final round but things began looking shaky when he bogied 2 & 5 to allow a threatening Dustin Johnson to catch him.
But from there on Bowditch took command, going 6-under over the final 13 holes. Despite the dangers, the Aussie continued to play aggressive golf and emphatic birdies on 16 & 17 saw him walk up 18 with a healthy buffer.
He finished with a 5-under 65 to close at 18-under and win by four strokes from Americans Charley Hoffman (65), Jimmy Walker (66) and Scott Pinckney (66).
Ten years ago Bowditch “threw a dart at a map” and moved to North Texas where he met now wife Amanda, who grew up in the area.
They had their wedding reception at the Four Season Resort, had wedding photos taken together on the 18th green, and stayed in honeymoon villa close by.
“Pretty surreal feeling,” the 31 year old Queenslander said after his victory. “… Taking photos on the green today was definitely the second best time I’ve had on that green.”
Bowditch won the Texas Open in San Antonio March last year. His first appearance on the Tour was a single event in 2003.
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