Steven Bowditch will gain tips from defending champion Adam Scott when the big-hitting Queenslander prepares for his dream Masters debut next week.
He blitzed Augusta with 28-under in his last Masters “experience” but Steven Bowditch admits Play Station will have nothing on his first real-life practice round there on Tuesday.
Bowditch will get the best of tips and hints from defending champion Adam Scott when the big-hitting Queenslander prepares for his dream Masters debut.
Following a breakthrough PGA victory at the Texas Open, Bowditch received an invite from Scott to join him, John Senden and young amateur Oliver Goss in an all-Australian practice quartet.
“You can’t get much better help than with the defending champion,” he said.
“Hopefully I can pick his brain and with (caddie) Stevey (Williams) there too, just getting a little inside information and help here and there.”
Bowditch revealed after his nervous victory in Houston on Monday that the only time he’d been to Augusta was on his Play Station.
He dismissed any thoughts his cyber success – yes, 28-under in his last game – and years of watching the Masters would give any smidgen of help.
Ranked 339th in the world, Bowditch admitted he was parked four inches from the television screen at his US home last year when Scott won the major in a play-off.
“It’s the place where dreams were made of as a child,” he said. “I used to get up at four and five in the morning and watch it with my dad.
“It’s the one dream I’ve always had – to go over there and win it.”
Bowditch’s Texas Open success came despite a horror run with his putter, missing three cuts in his previous four tournaments.
But that was nothing at all compared to battling the deepest despairs of depression when the Sunshine Coast product first debuted on the PGA tour in 2006.
A spokesman for beyondblue, Bowditch is proud of how he has travelled in his journey with the black dog.
“I’m grateful depression is a part of my past and a part of me,” he said.
“I feel great. I’m healthy and happy and have a wonderful family at home.
“This victory hasn’t changed anything. I’ve been great for the last three, four, five years – this is just an extra bonus.”