• Bowditch takes two-shot lead at soggy PGA event

    Steven Bowditch AFP PHOTO

    Steven Bowditch AFP PHOTO

    IRVING, US: Australia’s Steven Bowditch fired a four-under par 65 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to seize a two-stroke lead after the third round of the rain-soaked US PGA Byron Nelson tournament.

    Bowditch, whose only US PGA win came at last year’s Texas Open, stood on 13-under 195 after 54 holes. He has managed only four top-10 finishes in 145 prior tour starts but has been on top after opening with a 62 Thursday.

    Sharing second were Americans Dustin Johnson, Jon Curran, Scott Pinckney, Jonathan Randolph and Jimmy Walker with Charley Hoffman, Joe Affrunti and Ryan Palmer another stroke behind.

    Heavy rain that has swamped the course and made the 14th fairway unplayable forced Friday’s final 33 players to finish their second rounds Saturday morning before the cut.

    Bowditch and the last group finished in the twilight to get the event back on schedule, but threesomes and two tees will be used Sunday as well.

    Bowditch has taken advantage of the wet weather by finding the fairway and attacking damp greens.

    “Just stick to what you know and stay aggressive,” Bowditch said. “Stick to the fairways. It’s really wet out there. You can really attack any pin out there with these greens so receptive.”

    Bowditch led after 54 holes on the way to his Texas Open win last year and can take some comfort in that as he bids for another win in the Lone Star state.

    “I don’t know about comfort level,” he said. “I guess you draw back on experience but every day is different. You never know what hurdles are coming up. You just know you have a chance on that back stretch.”

    Bowditch birdied the third and had back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh before closing the front nine with a bogey. He responded with birdies at the 11th and rain-altered par-3 14th.



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