Peregian golfer hits PGA big time
STEVEN Bowditch is on track for a stellar season on the US PGA Tour, after claiming a career-best Top 10 finish at the $6.3 million Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The Peregian Beach ace consolidated his place on the all-important money list, by finishing in a tie for ninth at the prestigious California event.
A superb final round of 69 (three-under) propelled him 14 places up the leader board to finish on eight-under, seven strokes adrift of US veteran pro D.A. Points.
Bowditch is in the midst of a career-defining comeback. The 27-year-old, who last played on the Tour in 2006, returned to the big time this year, after a strong showing in the Nationwide Tour last season.
He has since made three cuts from three outings and looms as one of Australia’s brightest prospects.
It was his effort at the famed Pebble Beach layout, that has golf fans talking.
“Thanks for the support, love it. And the Top 10 gets me in to Riviera next week,” Bowditch said in an online forum, after securing a berth in the $6.5 million Northern Trust Open.
“I had a chance to win and didn’t take it... but still not a bad effort,” he said.
Bowditch shot an opening round of 71, before carding three successive rounds of 69. His long-hitting proved pivotal in hitting 71% of greens in regulation – and he could have finished as high as fourth, if it wasn’t for bogeys on the final two holes.
Comic actor Bill Murray (of ‘Caddyshack’ fame) and D.A. Points won long-sought breakthrough titles at Pebble Beach. Points eagled the par-five 14th to seize the lead for good and followed with a birdie at 15, on his way to a final-round five-under par 67 that gave him a two-stroke victory for his first PGA title.