RIGHT AT HOME: Sunshine Coast’s Steve Bowditch hits his fourth hole tee shot during his first Masters tournament which finishes this morning.
RIGHT AT HOME: Sunshine Coast’s Steve Bowditch hits his fourth hole tee shot during his first Masters tournament which finishes this morning. ERIK S LESSER

Masters outing to bolster Bowditch

BRITISH Open winner Ian Baker-Finch says there is no stopping Peregian's Steven Bowditch after his maiden US Masters appearance.

Bowditch's campaign at Augusta followed on from his first USPGA victory at the lucrative Valero Texas Open a fortnight ago.

The 30-year-old pocketed $1.2 million for his efforts before proceeding to make the cut at the Masters.

Baker-Finch believes the former Tewantin-Noosa junior was now equipped with the skills to make a real dent in international golf.

"There's no stopping him now," he said.

"I've known Steve Bowditch since he was a young fella playing in junior tournaments on the Sunshine Coast. I remember him winning the IBF Junior Classic in Beerwah 15 years ago.

"I have watched with interest since then."

Baker-Finch, who played with Bowditch in the Masters' Par 3 competition last Wednesday, credited his wife as a calming influence after his documented struggles with mental illness in the past.

"I believe him to be a great talent but he was just in need of a little guidance which he now has from his wife Amanda," he said.

Bowditch's win in Texas has secured a two-year exemption on the US tour. American Jordan Speith was tied for the Masters lead with 2012 winner Bubba Watson at five under before this morning's last round.

Australia's John Senden (72, 68,75) was the best placed Aussie (10th) after finishing the third day on three over.

Fellow countryman and defending champion Adam Scott (69, 72, 76) sat in 16th place with Jason Day in 18th. Bowditch was tied for 29th on four over after rounds of 74, 72 and 74.