Biggest Winners and Losers at the 2014 Valero Texas Open

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Biggest Winners and Losers at the 2014 Valero Texas Open
Eric Gay
Steven Bowditch scores first PGA win at the Valero Texas Open

There are big winners, and then there are huge winners like 339th-ranked Steven Bowditch who took home the 2014 Valero Texas Open trophy for his first professional win.

OK, so he backed into the win with a four-over 76 on the last day.  A win is a win, and with this one he gets to play in the Masters next month.

In what has become something of a theme this year, Bowditch beat out Matt Kuchar, the 11th-ranked player in the world, who had a great shot at winning but ran out of gas on the last lap and finished in a tie for fourth. 

Kuchar joined top-ranked players Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott who were also unable to close out lesser-ranked players down the stretch in tournaments this season.  

Bowditch became the third Australian to win this year following Jason Day, who won the World Golf Champions Accenture Match Play, and John Senden, who won the Valspar Championship.

Phil Mickelson, who was looking at the Valero as a tune-up going into Augusta, had to drop out due to an oblique injury.

Among the winners and losers at the windswept Texas event were rising newcomers and elite players.

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