Australian Steven Bowditch hasn’t played in a major since the 2003 British Open, and he’s never played in the Masters, which was why he sounded younger than his 30 years after he won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for a late invitation to the year’s first major.
Bernie McGuire has the story on the Aussie’s child-like enthusiasm and anticipation at having qualified to play the hallowed course in the heart of Georgia.
When asked what he thought about competing in what will be only his second Major Championship in 11 years, Bowditch calmly revealed: ”I haven’t even had time to think about Augusta because all I know what I am doing is heading to Houston this week for the Shell Houston Open.
“But then the only time I have played Augusta has been on PlayStation.
“So I sort of know a few of the holes but yeah, I’m excited but then I haven’t really thought about it or what my preparations will be. I don’t even know how to get to Augusta. I don’t know.
“I’m just going to enjoy this for the next couple of days and then [get] my mind back on track and get ready for Houston.”
The sixth Australian to qualify for this year’s Masters, Bowdich won Sunday despite shooting a final-round 76, the highest final-round score by a winner on Tour since Vijay Singh captured the 2004 PGA Championship.