SAN ANTONIO -- Steven Bowditch won his first PGA TOUR title Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, finishing one shot ahead of Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays. Bowditch finished at 8-under 280 after a final-round 76.
Bowditch's final-round score was the highest by a winner since Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA Championship. The field averaged 73.8 on a windy Sunday at TPC San Antonio.
Bowditch moved from 155th to 26th in the FedExCup with his win. He also earned his first Masters invitation; the Aussie will make his Masters debut the same year that Adam Scott defends the country's first Masters victory. A trio of Australians -- John Senden, Aaron Baddeley and Scott Gardiner -- greeted Bowditch near the 18th green to congratulate him on his victory. Senden, winner of the recent Valspar Championship, was fittingly wearing a white Masters t-shirt.
Bowditch started the final round with a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe. Bowditch and Kuchar were tied entering the back nine, but Kuchar made bogey on three of the first five holes and shot a back-nine 39. Kuchar and Loupe tied for fourth at 6 under par after both shooting 75 on Sunday.
MacKenzie moved to 11th in the FedExCup after posting his fifth top-10 in 13 starts this season. This was MacKenzie's third top-6 finish in his past four starts.
Steven Bowditch wins 2014 Valero Texas Open