Steven Bowditch has won the US PGA Tour's rich Valero Texas Pro to earn a berth at the US Masters, a two-year exemption on the tour and a $1.11 million pay day.
Steven Bowditch has won the US PGA Tour's rich Valero Texas Pro to earn a berth at the US Masters, a two-year exemption on the tour and a $1.11 million pay day. PGA of Australia/Twitter

$1.2m pay day for our US PGA winner Bowditch

PEREGIAN Beach's Steven Bowditch this morning won the US PGA Tour's rich Valero Texas Open to earn a berth at the US Masters, a two-exemption on tour and an AU$1.2million pay day.

Bowditch fired a final round of four-over par 76 but it was enough for him to finish on eight-under par, one shot ahead of Americans Will Mackenzie and Daniel Summerhays.

Bowditch's former coach Shane Healey believed the 30-year-old has what it takes to win on an even bigger stage.

The Tewantin Noosa Golf Club pro coached Bowditch for six years from the age of 14 and continued to tutor him after he turned pro in 2001.

He said his former charge was a risky player but was capable of producing some of the best golf when he was in 'the zone'.

"That's Steve. He's a little bit of a Phil Mickelson, John Daly-type of golfer," he said.

"He's a bit of a cavalier golfer. He likes to be aggressive and attack the golf course and obviously when it comes off, everyone says how fantastic it is and when it doesn't, they say he's a bit silly.

"It's easy to say that he should tone it down and learn to manage himself better but that is his personality and I think that makes him a better player."

Bowditch's all-or-nothing mentality makes him a crowd favourite wherever he plays.

Healey said his match play style was in stark contrast to the majority of today's golfers.

"You don't want to go out and watch guys hit irons off every tee, get it to the middle of the green and then two putt for par," he said.

"What people like to see is a guy that plays more aggressive than conservative."

"Having said that, you want to see guys have a bit of balance to avoid the problems and the big dramas that have plagued him over the years," Healey said.

He said Bowditch had the talent to win a major but would need to slightly tweak his mindset.

"Most of the game is won between the ears," he said.

"I think Steve has a good golf brain but he has to suppress that instinct to almost do the silly thing.

"But that is what everyone likes about Steve and that is his personality."


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