Bowditch leads at Q School

When Steve Bowditch double bogeyed his very first hole in Wednesday's opening round of the PGA Tour Final Stage of Qualifying it was no doubt a gut wrenching blow.

Bowditch, though, has been through this process on several occasions and if there is one thing that Tour School teaches a player is that it is a two mile race and not a sprint.

Bowditch would go on to record a round of 73 that day and a was a long way off the pace.

Roll forward 72 holes and Bowditch now takes a one shot lead into tomorrow's final round as he chases a return to the PGA Tour in 2013.

Bowditch had only partial status in 2012 and with little success through the year he was forced to return to Stage Two where he safely made it through to the Final Stage by finishing third at his venue in Dallas.

Sydney native Matt Jones moved into a share of 11th position following his round of 68, Mathew Goggin is 17th, New Zealander Danny Lee is staging a great recovery and is 30th as is his fellow New Zealander Tim Wilkinson whose 65 has him on the same score.

Bryden MacPherson lost ground over the closing stages of his round today to be in 55th position while Rod Pampling and Adam Crawford in 61st position and Ashley Hall in 74th place are the next best of the Australasians.

The leading 25 players at the completion of tomorrow's 6th and final round will earn their PGA Tour cards for 2013 while the others will either utilise their limited status on the PGA Tour or earn some level of Tour status.

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