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Bowditch jumps more than 200 spots in OWGR

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Talk about a life-changing week – Steven Bowditch ascended more than 200 spots in this week’s Official World Ranking.

Bowditch, the 30-year-old Australian who earned his first career PGA Tour title Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, rose from No. 339 to No. 134 in the latest rankings, released Monday. At this time last year, he was 569th in the world.

Prior to this week, Bowditch had never even cracked the top 250 in the world.

Meanwhile, Will MacKenzie continued his resurgent play with a T-2 finish in San Antonio. That sent the journeyman from No. 125 to No. 84, while Daniel Summerhays also jumped into the top 100 (from 136 to 97). 

As we detailed in this space Sunday, Chesson Hadley and Ryan Palmer both squandered their chances to earn a Masters berth via the top 50. Hadley shot 80 in the final round at Valero, while Palmer carded an 82.

Here’s the top 10 in the world heading into the Shell Houston Open: Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson (from No. 10) and Dustin Johnson (from No. 9).