By Jay Betsill
Flower Mound resident Steven Bowditch lead wire-to-wire to win the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas. After a bumpy start to the final round, Bowditch bounced back to an easy four-shot win over Charley Hoffman, Scott Pickney and Jimmy Walker.
“My personal life is my personal life,” said Bowditch, who endured the lows of a suicide attempt at his Dallas home while battling depression in 2006 before getting married at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas and winning on the PGA Tour. “It’s closed doors and, you know, it’s built me into the person I am today. Every win is special. This is just another one.”
Dustin Johnson briefly took the lead on Sunday, but a quadruple bogey on No. 6 dropped him back in the pack. He finished at 11 under with a final round 69.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth wound up in a tie for 30th at 7-under.
Zach Johnson, who is a two-time Colonial champion but has not played the Byron Nelson in 10 years, finished 5th at 13-under.
Notables in the Byron Nelson field included Brandt Snedeker (T6, -12), Nick Watney (T10, -10), Ryan Palmer (T10, -10), Brooks Koepka (T16, -9), Keegan Bradley (T22, -8), Matt Kuchar (T39, -5) and Vijay Singh (T39, -5).
The next stop on the PGA Tour is the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Big names scheduled to play at Muirfield Village Golf Club inlcude Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Steve Sticker and Jordan Spieth.
— The newest web.com Tour event is the Greater Dallas Open, set for this week at the Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville. Familiar names in the event that was announced on April 15th include Hunter Haas, Brad Elder, Glen Day, Bob Estes, Tommy Gainey, past Colonial champion Tim Herron, Kelly Kraft, Steve Marino, John Mallinger, past Byron Nelson champion Ted Purdy, John Rollins, Kyle Stanley and Matt Weibring.
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— Former No.1 player in the world Adam Scott has lured his former caddie Steve Willliams out of retirement. Williams, who was on the bag when Scott won the 2013 Masters and 2014 Colonial, will be caddyiing for Scott during the upcoming majors U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship as well as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.