His rally fell short, but Bowditch pleased with finish


NAPA, Calif. – The last few months haven’t gone according to plan for Steven Bowditch, but his new season is off to a fine start.

Bowditch shot a 5-under 67 in the final round of the Frys.com Open to finish alone in second place, two shots behind winner Sang-Moon Bae. It marks the Aussie’s first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour since his surprise victory at the Valero Texas Open in March.

“It’s nice. It doesn’t feel like the year has ended quite, but it’s nice to get off to a good start for the FedEx Cup for 2015,” he said.

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Bowditch began the day eight shots behind Bae, but he moved up the standings quickly across the closing holes at Silverado Resort & Spa, playing the final seven holes in 5 under. While he hit just 41 of 72 greens on the week, a strong short game allowed him to notch the second runner-up finish of his career.

“I putted good all week,” he said. “Just had to wait for the golf course to suit my eye, and this week it did.”

Bowditch will now head to Las Vegas for next week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a bit of added momentum, having played his final 54 holes this week in 14 under par.

“It’s Round 1, and it’s nice to come out of the gates,” he said. “Just makes Christmas a bit easier straight away.”