Bowditch has the 36 hole lead in Texas

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 Valero Texas Open | Round Two | 29 Mar 2014

Australian golfer Steven Bowditch has the lead at the halfway mark of the Valero Texas Open at the TPC San Antonio, the Queenslander leading a PGA Tour event at the end of a round for the first occasion.

Bowditch has shown a capacity to front run in the events he has won to date in his career so his fast start augurs well. He tends to be one of those players who, when he plays well, he plays very well.

The 30 year old double bogeyed his final hole of the day after missing the green right then leaving his pitch shot short and was unable to get up and down from there but he had done enough, especially with his opening nine of 31 to set up the lead.

The highlight on the day was an 83 yards pitch in for eagle at his third hole (the 12th of the course)

“I’ve just learned about myself and matured as a person,” said Bowditch when asked the things that have changed since the struggle earlier in his career.

“Ball striking wise it has been pretty good this season but I just haven’t been able to get the putter rolling. I made the first six or seven cuts but just haven’t been able to get it going on the weekend so will be trying to get it going this weekend.”

Bowditch leads by one over Andrew Loupe and Chad Collins with Cameron Beckman and Pat Perez two further back.

Aaron Baddeley who has played well here in the past is in a share of 9th position, two late bogeys costing him a chance of something much better.

Geoff Ogilvy and Scott Gardiner share 25th position, Tim Wilkinson 33rd, John Senden 43rd, Greg Chalmers 60th and Stuart Appleby and Bronson La Cassie 69th.

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