Steven Bowditch: Putting the past behind him

Steven Bowditch put on a pretty good show this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He launched the week with an 8-under 62, had a share of the lead each night and cruised home on Sunday with a 4-shot victory over Jimmy Walker, Charley Hoffman and Scott Pinckney. It was his second victory, the first coming last year at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. But the media session this Sunday was different than the one last year.

Last year, his victory was so popular because everyone of Tour likes the guy — he’s know as a typical Aussie good guy — and his long time battle with depression detailed in this excellent Golf Digest feature article, “Behind Closed Doors,” which I have linked to before. That article in which he was so brutally honest, brought his struggle into the light of day. And he was equally candid after that victory last year.  

And perhaps because of that, a reporter tried to politely probe for an inspiring update this year. But Bowditch has already moved on:

You know, my personal life is my personal life, you know.  It’s closed doors and, you know, it’s built me into the person I am today and — every win is special.  This is just another one.

Mastery on the golf course truly is a subset of mastery in life. And so it is inspiring to discover that even though he said last year that he would have to be dealing with his condition all of his life, that he has found a way to do so that doesn’t appear to be as overwhelming as it once was.

Hooray for the irrepressible human spirit, one of the key markers for a person living life in peace.

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