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  • Steven Bowditch had five birdies, an eagle and a double-bogey Friday at the Valero Texas Open. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images) Steven Bowditch had five birdies, an eagle and a double-bogey Friday at the Valero Texas Open. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – A double-bogey on his final hole Friday couldn’t keep Steven Bowditch out of the lead after the morning wave completed play in the Valero Texas Open’s second round. Bowditch shot 67 despite his stumble on the closing hole, finishing 36 holes at 8-under 136, one shot ahead of Chad Collins, who shot a tournament-low 66, and rookie Andrew Loupe, who held the first-round lead with a 67.

"It's a 72-hole tournament and I just did it on the 36th hole, made a double-bogey," Bowditch said. "It's going to happen out here."

Bowditch also had five birdies and an eagle, holing out an 83-yard wedge shot on the par-4 12th hole, his third of the day.

“I’m not making many putts at the moment, so most of my birdies have been sort of coming inside of six or five feet,” said Bowditch, who’s 155th in the FedExCup. “I’ve hit a lot of good wedge shots. I made a couple good par saves on my back nine this afternoon, but all in all it’s been more of hitting my approach shots pretty close.”

Bowditch, 30, has made the cut in seven of 12 starts this season, but a T-19 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is his only top-25 of the season.

“My putter has really been a big problem this year,” said Bowditch, who ranks 145th in strokes gained-putting. “I’ve been fighting that, but ballstriking-wise has been pretty good.”

Steven Bowditch interview after Round 2 of Valero
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Steven Bowditch interview after Round 2 of Valero
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    Steven Bowditch interview after Round 2 of Valero

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