Steven Bowditch Wins AT&T Byron Nelson Championship


Steven Bowditch Wins AT&T Byron Nelson Championship; second Texas title in as many years

Steven Bowditch started off great shooting a 62 and he kept things rolling through the weekend. Playing with Dustin Johnson and Scott Pickney, Bowditch didn’t blink. Bowditch finished the final round shooting a 5-under 64. Which was fantastic as he started slowly in the final round.

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Bowditch struggled as he was 1-over after five holes, but he kept his composure and just kept at it. Bowditch birdied 6 and 8 to finish 1-under on the front nine and he shifted gears on the back nine.

Bowditch would birdie 11, 12, 16 and 17 to close the deal and win by four strokes. With the win, Bowditch now climbs up all the way to 16th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Jimmy Walker finished four shots back and he will be kicking himself for missing a handful of very makeable putts on Sunday. He putted great all week long finishing up with a 3.275 Strokes Gained: Putting, but missing those handful of putts will sting a little bit.

Walker shot a 3-under 66 to finish four strokes behind in a tie for 2nd along with Charley Hoffman and Scott Pinckney. Hoffman made a move on the back nine birding five holes to give him an outside chance at possibly winning if Bowditch were to stumble, but as it turned out Bowditch was in complete control the whole time.

Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker both made significant moves on Sunday. Johnson finished 6-under for the round to end up finishing 13-under for the tournament alone in 5th place.

Snedeker, who started off the tournament in bad shape shooting a 71 in the first round, made strides on Friday to make the cut and shot a 64 on Saturday and Sunday to finish in a tie for 6th at 12-under par.

Jon Curran, who shot a 63 on Friday, finished in a tie with Sneds for 6th place. With the finish Curran is now inside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup standings at in 86th.

Dustin Johnson’s day came to an end on hole six as Johnson made a very ugly quad. Aside from that, Johnson had a decent round. Johnson birdied four holes in total to shoot even for the round.

When you look at what he did on hole six and look at the statistics, it was pretty impressive that Johnson still finished inside the top eight. Johnson’s Strokes Gained: Putting was a 1.358 which is unbelievable as a whole, but here at Four Seasons it was pretty average.

Also, Johnson couldn’t hit the fairway as he hit only 54% of fairways. if he could make a couple of putts and hit the fairways consistently he would be winning more tournaments.

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Like Snedeker, Jason Dufner had to make a move after struggling to a 71 after round one. Dufner shot a 65 to make the cut and finished the weekend as he shot a 64 and 66. It looks like Dufner is finally coming back into his normal form. Dufner maybe someone to watch as the season progresses. Especially, at courses where ball-strikers thrive.

Nick Watney, Daniel Berger, Cameron Percy, Tony Finau, Colt Knost, and Ryan Palmer all finished in a tie for 10th place.

It’s a big one next week as the PGA Tour travels up north to Ohio for The Memorial Tournament. Jack’s place is always fun to watch, very tough, but fair.

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