Bowditch and Jones claim cards

BY Bruce Young | 04 Dec 2012

At the end of the long road that is USPGA Tour School, two Australians have earned the right to full status on the PGA Tour in 2013.

Despite a final round which saw him under pressure through the middle stages, Steve Bowditch has staged a late recovery for a round of 74 to finish in a share of 10th position and regain full playing rights.

Four dropped shots in his opening six holes of today’s sixth and final round saw Bowditch needing to steady over the closing stages if he was to hold on to the status he seemed assured of as the 90 hole leader. He was able to play the next 12 holes in 1 under par and complete the job.

Also getting through was former Sydney golfer Matt Jones who, like Bowditch, stumbled early in his final round but recovered nicely to finish in a share of 14th and improve on the limited status he had for the 20-12 season.

Mathew Goggin and Danny Lee were the unlucky losers having missed the top 25 by just one shot.

Goggin worked himself into a position to regain his status with a 5th round of 68 but today’s 72 left him an agonising one shot short.

New Zealander Danny Lee staged a remarkable recovery from his opening rounds of 72 and 75 but an early double bogey today would be the difference between him being a PGA Tour player in 2013 and not.

Adam Crawford finished 43rd overall and while disappointed no doubt to have not made the top 25 he will have full status on the Web.Com Tour in 2013.

New Zealander Tim Wilkinson was 49th, Ashley Hall was 57th and Rod Pampling 64th.

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    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.


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