Australian Steven Bowditch is hopeful of returning to Augusta after making his US Masters debut.
Steven Bowditch only flashed up on the leaderboards on Masters Sunday for a brief time but with the experience behind him, he hopes to return for longer in the future.
In his debut at Augusta National thanks to his recent win at the Texas Open, Bowditch opened the final round with an eagle and birdie in his first three holes.
The Queenslander was still a long way off contending for the green jacket, but he was in sight of a top 12 finish, the cut off to get a return invite.
He had predicted even par for the week would be enough for a return ticket, a prediction that turned out to be spot on.
But two double bogeys in the next five holes scuppered his dreams and although he managed three back nine birdies the 30-year-old finished in a tie for 26th at four-over.
“I learnt you can give it a run, but also that you’ve got to respect it,” Bowditch said of the famous course.
“One bad shot and as you saw by my rainbow scorecard today, there’s a few different colours in there, you can get burned.
“It was a great week and an unbelievable experience. I didn’t quite give it the showing I wanted to, but it was fun and a great learning experience.
“I hope it’s not my last time here.”
Courtesy of his recent win Bowditch will be afforded starts in other big tournaments, including the upcoming Players Championship and the final major of the year, the PGA Championship.
But he wasn’t getting ahead of himself, knowing he must continue his development or risk being a flash in the pan.
“It’s nice to get a win and get out here with the best and see how you cope,” he said.
“I guess the confidence is getting higher, but each day’s work and you have to treat it that way to get better.
“I’ve always wanted to be here (in big events), but whether I’m good enough to be here I’m not sure, I’m yet to prove myself in the bigger stuff.