The Courier-Mail

Bowditch in hunt for a top-50 spot

- BEN EVERILL

STEVEN Bowditch has tar­geted a big per­for­mance at the US PGA Cham­pi­onship as he looks to con­tinue his quest to be­come one of the top 50 golfers in the world.

Hav­ing pushed his way to a ca­reer-high 60th in the rank­ings on the back of his sec­ond US tour vic­tory in Texas in May, and with some new-found con­sis­tency, Queens­lan­der Bowditch has his eye on a big fin­ish to the year.

Known pre­vi­ously as a streaky player, the 32-year-old is in the midst of his most con­sis­tent pe­riod on the US Tour, which he joined in 2006.

Af­ter his break­out win in 2014, Bowditch re­mained in­con­sis­tent and in his first 18 starts this sea­son he had a run­ner-up fin­ish and one fur­ther top-15 re­sult but notched up nine missed cuts and a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

How­ever, in his past nine starts he achieved his sec­ond win, three other top 15s and only one missed cut.

“This is where I want to be, still im­prov­ing, still try­ing to get bet­ter and bet­ter, play­ing con­sis­tently in the big events, and get­ting to­wards the top 50 in the world where you play with the best play­ers week in and week out,” Bowditch said.

“I am only just get­ting the taste of it and hope­fully I can keep it up and find ways to con­tend of­ten.”

His late-sea­son push starts at the US PGA Cham­pi­onship tonight at Whistling Straits, where he will look to lock up a berth on the In­ter­na­tional team for the Pres­i­dents Cup and also push his way into the US PGA Tour Cham­pi­onship.

Bowditch knows his fate is in his hands. USPGA CHAM­PI­ONSHIP, LIVE ON FOX SPORTS FROM 3AM TO­MOR­ROW.

 ??  ?? GOALS: Steven Bowditch.
GOALS: Steven Bowditch.

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