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  • Bowditch takes home Texas Open

  • SAN ANTONIO — 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.
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  • SAN ANTONIO — 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 for a 4-over 76 — the highest closing score by a winner since Vijay Singh finished with a 4-over 76 in the 2004 PGA Championship — for a one-stroke victory.
    "I'm over the moon," Bowditch said. "I really can't believe it."
    Bowditch finished at 8-under 280 at TPC San Antonio and earned $1,116,000.
    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 entered the week 339th in the world and had only two top-10 finishes in eight years on the tour in a career marked by bouts of depression. He won once on the Australasian circuit and twice on the Web.Com Tour.
    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.
    MacKenzie made a 13-foot birdie putt on the 17th to pull within a stroke of Bowditch, but the Australian tapped in from 2 feet for his birdie at No. 14 to push the advantage back to two.
    Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe shot 75s to tie for fourth at 6-under.
    Kia Classic
    At Carlsbad, Calif., Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic at Aviara 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 one-stroke victory over Salas.
    Nordqvist won the LPGA Thailand last month to end a five-year victory drought, holding off top-ranked Inbee Park. The 26-year-old Swede also won the LPGA Championship and LPGA Tour Championship in 2009.
    Projected to jump from 16th to ninth in the world, Nordqvist finished at 13-under 275 and earned $255,000.
    Salas birdied the 18th for a 70.
    Lexi Thompson was third at 11 under after a 68.
    The Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year, is next week in Rancho Mirage.
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