March 29, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Steven Bowditch holed out chips on his first two holes at the Valero Texas Open on Saturday. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
To say the least, Steven Bowditch and Matt Kuchar are showing off their short games this week at the Valero Texas Open.
And such deft chipping might just lead one of them to the tournament title come Sunday.
Bowditch, who leads by 3 shots at 12 under, hit just eight greens in regulation on Saturday during his 4-under 68. It was just the 91st time on the PGA TOUR that a player shot 4 under or better when hitting eight or fewer greens in regulation.
But Bowditch made the most of it, making par or better on nine of 10 missed greens. He chipped in for birdie on the first and chipped in for eagle on the second.
For the week, Bowditch is 16 of 20 in scrambling, which ranks T4 in the field. It's even more impressive considering Bowditch ranks 97th on TOUR this season at 57.46 percent.
Meanwhile, Kuchar, tied for second place at 9 under, has been nearly as impressive, carrying a mark of 17 of 22 in scrambling. That's good enough for a 77.27-percent clip, which ranks eighth in the field this week.
Kuchar, who has ranked in the top 15 in each of the past seven seasons in scrambling, ranks 41st so far this season.