Australian leader Bowditch in new territory in Texas

Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:33pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Australian Steven Bowditch found himself in unfamiliar territory, leading after the second round of the $6.2 million Texas Open on Friday.

Bowditch, buoyed by an early eagle, frittered away a couple of strokes with a double-bogey at his final hole at the TPC San Antonio, but his 67 left him with an eight-under total of 136, one stroke ahead of Americans Chad Collins (66) and Andrew Loupe


The three frontrunners all played in the morning, avoiding a stiff afternoon breeze that sent scores soaring among the late starters.

Phil Mickelson did better than most in the afternoon, shooting 70. He made the cut with nothing to spare after splashing his third shot from the creek adjacent to the green at the par-five 18th to five feet and then holing the birdie putt.

Though the three-time Masters champion will start the third round 11 strokes behind Bowditch, he is delighted at the chance for two more competitive rounds as he tunes up for Augusta in a fortnight.

Bowditch end-of-round lead was his first in 110 starts on the PGA Tour.

"It was nice to get out early before that wind started to get up," the 30-year-old told reporters.

"I'm not making many putts at the moment. Most of my birdies have been coming inside six or five feet. I've hit a lot of good wedge shots.   Continued...