July 5 2013
Steven Bowditch is 8 under through two rounds at The Old White TPC. (Troutman/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Steven Bowditch has played in 91 events on the PGA TOUR -- and has posted just one top-10 finish. So he can be excused for being a little out of his element as he enters the weekend at The Greenbrier Classic.
Bowdtich fired a 67 on Friday that left him well within contention in a logjam at 8 under. At one point on the front nine, his second of the day, the Aussie was alone at the top of the leaderboard before a three-putt bogey from 25 feet dropped him back into the pack.
"I really haven't put myself in position really my whole career, so it's going to be a new experience for me," Bowditch said. "... This is my third (straight season on the PGA TOUR), so I've gained a little bit of experience but not quite at this level.
"So I'm just going to go out there and play my game. My golf swing feels probably the best it's felt in a long time now, so I'm sort of freewheeling it, which is nice. You don't often get to do that in the game of golf, so just go out there and keep freewheeling and hopefully make some putts."
Bowditch hit all but one green in regulation during the first round and all but six over 36 holes. He's found 20 of 28 fairways and used a total of 36 well-timed putts.
The best part of the week? Bowditch was able to build on the positives from that opening 65 -- draining a 42-footer for birdie on his first hole Friday, then chipping in on the next for another.
"So it was good to keep the momentum going from yesterday and play pretty solid all the way in," Bowditch said. "I had a few chances and just didn't quite make them and three putted No. 8 to unfortunately make a bogey to finish up my round."
Now Bowditch, who has missed his last four cuts and nine of 16 overall, has two more rounds to turn his season around.
"It's obviously everyone's dream at this level to obviously try and win and just keep giving myself chances and hopefully on the back nine I'll have a chance to do well," he said.