Peregian Beach’s Steven Bowditch hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Peregian Beach’s Steven Bowditch hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Hunter Martin

Bowditch eyes US PGA win

PEREGIAN Beach's Steven Bowditch stands on the cusp of a breakthrough US PGA win going into the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Forth Worth Texas.

Bowditch finished the second round in a share of second place yet seven strokes off the pace after a record-setting opening 36 holes by American David Toms. He hit a second-round six-under 64 – which included seven birdies – to be nine under and tied with fellow Aussie John Senden, American Mark Wilson and Korea's Charlie Wi.

It followed on from Bowditch's first-round 67. He said the difference between his first and second rounds was his putting after rolling five from outside five metres.

“Personally I don't think I really felt like I played as good as I did yesterday tee to green,” Bowditch said.

“But I just made some putts. That's basically what it comes down to... I didn't play that well, but it was nice to make some putts.”

In-form Toms responded to the disappointment of a play-off loss by matching the US PGA Tour scoring record for the first 36 holes of a tournament. Toms shot his second straight eight-under 62.

Coming off a playoff loss on Sunday to KJ Choi in The Players Championship, the 44-year-old Toms tied the mark of 124 set by Pat Perez in the 2009 Bob Hope Classic. Perez had rounds of 61 and 63.

Already off to another impressive start before a two-and-a-half hour weather delay in the middle of his second round, Toms took full advantage after heavy rain softened the Colonial course and the wind stopped. On the eight holes he completed when play resumed, he had four birdies and came up just short of two more.

“I came out and the conditions were perfect for scoring, and my mindset was to just keep making birdies, try to separate myself a little bit,” Toms said.



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