Steven Bowditch’s Keys to Victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson

June 1, 2015

Australian Steven Bowditch fired a 5-under 64 on Sunday to cap a wire-to-wire victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson, besting a trio of runner-ups by four shots.

Here are the numbers that made all the difference.


Number of birdies that Steven Bowditch made at the AT&T Byron Nelson, the most birdies made at the tournament since 1997.


Lowest ever score at the Nelson, breaking the previous record of 261 by Rory Sabbatini in 2009. It was also the lowest 72 hole score of Bowditch’s career. His reached his previous low of 269 at the 2013 Greenbrier, 2013 John Deere and 2014 John Deere.


Percentage of fairways hit by Bowditch, his best driving performance in 2015, which ranked T16th for the week. Bowditch started using a new driver at Colonial. Going into that event, he ranked 194th on Tour, hitting only 52.2% of fairways. At the Nelson, hit 35 of 53.


Bowditch is only the fourth Byron Nelson champion to go wire to wire. Going back to 1970, the previous three winners who led after every round were Mark Hayes in 1976, Raymond Floyd in 1977 and Tom Watson in 1980.


Fewer shots needed by Bowditch on the sixth hole than Dustin Johnson. Bowditch made birdie all four days on the sixth hole. Dustin Johnson finished T8th at 11 under par, and played the sixth hole in 3 over with two pars, one birdie and a quadruple eight on Sunday.

For more inside-the-ropes insight, opinion and analysis, visit the new Golf+ homepage, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @golf_com.