Bowditch returns to PGA Tour

Steven Bowditch will return to the PGA Tour in 2011 after a three shot victory at the Soboba Classic in California today earned him US$180,000 and moved him to 11th position on the 2010 money list.

Bowditch has always shown a capacity to hold onto a lead in tournaments once he gets his nose in front and today was no exception. The 27 year old took the lead in this event when he put together a third round of 63 and as he headed into today's final round he enjoyed a two shot break over Keegan Bradley and Camilo Benedetti

A birdie at the first was important to settle the nerves but when he eagled the par five 6th he had established the winning break and although he was unable to produce the heroics of rounds two and three he had done enough to take out his first Nationwide Tour title since the 2005 Jacob's Creek Open.

Bowditch will return to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2006 having qualified then via the Nationwide Tour in 2005. He was unable to build on that initial success and to a large extent lost his way over the next three years. He began to play well again late in 2009 putting together several solid finishes on the Nationwide Tour and returning to Australia to play in whatever he could prior another Tour School attempt.

He was unable to graduate to the final stage at Tour School but a win in a lesser event on the Australasian Tour in Toowoomba in his home State of Queensland added to his belief that he was still capable when all cylinders were firing.

Bowditch returned to the Nationwide Tour this year and although the season has been a roller coaster there had been signs and enough good rounds to suggest that things were not far from where they needed to be. He served notice when finishing 8th last week in Texas that something special was brewing.

"I have been working hard with my coach Scott Hamilton and it's really come together," said Bowditch after his win. "I am definitely a lot more mature person and hopefully a better player but we will find out shortly now. I am just glad the hard work and all the support have come together."

Hamilton is based in Cartersville in Georgia and works with several PGA Tour players including Michael Clarke and Jason Bohn.

Bowditch won by three over Daniel Summerhays with BJ Staten and Keegan Bradley sharing 3rd position. Summerhays will move to 4th on the money list.

Andrew Buckle was the next best of the Australians in 25th position with Bronson La Cassie 29th.

Bowditch is now the only Australian inside the top 25 with Alistair Presnell having been relegated after just missing the cut this week.


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Bruce Young
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