Bowditch makes ace after plea to Woods

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Perhaps needling Tiger Woods was just what Steven Bowditch needed to jump-start his game.

Bowditch struggled mightily on the PGA Tour last season, carding 14 rounds of 80 or higher. But the two-time tournament champ took those results in stride, and when Woods announced his withdrawal from the season-opening Safeway Open, the Aussie tweeted that a round with him might be just enough to turn Woods' "vulnerable" golf game around:

But when Bowditch returned to the course Tuesday during a practice round, he promptly aced the 212-yard seventh hole at Silverado Resort & Spa, with playing partner and fellow pro Boo Weekley on hand to witness the shot:

Assuming he's able to cover the pending bar tab out in wine country, Bowditch will begin his new season at 4 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Robert Streb and Tony Finau.