Timely Presidents Cup boost for Bowditch at Firestone

Sat Aug 8, 2015 3:54pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) - Australian Steven Bowditch gave his Presidents Cup hopes a timely boost by firing a sizzling seven-under-par 63 in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday.

Bowditch, who has long targeted a first appearance in the biennial team competition, racked up eight birdies and a bogey to shoot the best score of the week and climb into an early tie for second place at the elite World Golf Championships event.

The 32-year-old was especially impressive after the turn, taking advantage of slightly more receptive conditions at Firestone Country Club with three birdies in his last five holes.

"From there (the 14th tee), I didn't miss a golf shot," Bowditch told reporters after posting a five-under total of 205. "I hit it dead where I wanted to hit it basically. Hopefully, I can carry it into tomorrow.

"I'm just trying to go at my targets. There are definitely some tough pins out there, but if you hit it in the right spots, you can make some nice putts."

Bowditch currently sits 12th in the Internationals points standings and the leading 10 players after the Deutsche Bank Championship ends on Sept. 7 will automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup.

International captain Nick Price will then add his two wildcard picks the following day and Bowditch would dearly love to make the 12-man team to take on holders the United States in South Korea from Oct 8-11.

"I dare say I'm probably not going to be a pick," said the Australian, who clinched his second victory on the PGA Tour at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. "We all know what we've got to do.   Continued...

Steven Bowditch tees off on the seventeenth hole during the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club - South Course. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports