Steven Bowditch’s second win in as many seasons on the PGA Tour was as surprising as any we’ve seen this season. Before the AT&T Byron Nelson, the Aussie had only one top-10 in 18 starts this season: a runner-up finish at the Frys.com Open in October. He also missed seven of eight cuts from the Humana Challenge through the Shell Houston Open.
But that’s exactly what makes golf one of the most difficult sports to predict. Last week, we used putting statistics to help pinpoint a potential winner. And while our picks didn’t fare particularly well (Dustin Johnson had the best finish at T8), Bowditch did in fact putt his way to victory at the sloppy, soggy TPC Four Seasons.
With a Bettinardi Queen B Model 6 putter in hand, Bowditch finished fourth in total putts and second in putts per GIR (he hit 52/72 greens in regulation and finished T9 in that stat). The 31-year-old also finished second in distance of putts made and first in strokes gained/putting; however, those two stats were only measured during the first round according to the PGA Tour’s ShotLink database.