'Mature' Bohn near the lead again


PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Another week, another Jason Bohn appearance on a PGA Tour leaderboard.

Bohn has been a mainstay near the lead early in the new wraparound season, and he continued that trend Friday with a bogey-free 63 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, highlighted by a run of four straight birdies that he capped with a chip-in on No. 5. At 9 under, he trails leader Graeme McDowell by three shots heading into the weekend.

Bohn has had a pair of near-misses already this season, coming up one shot short at the Frys.com Open (T-3) and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T-2). With more than two decades of professional experience, Bohn has gotten off to a strong start this fall by leaning on his maturity.

“I really believe that in the last few years, I’ve gotten more and more mature,” Bohn said. “Understanding who I am, what I have, what I’m not going to ever get. So just keep working on what I do have, and keep working on my short game.”

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Bohn also flirted with a win earlier this year at The Greenbrier Classic, where he held a share of the 54-hole lead, but his most recent victory remains the 2010 Zurich Classic. Despite an inability to return to the winner’s circle in recent months, the veteran remains focused on simply giving himself more opportunities near the lead.

“My takeaway every single week is that if I have a chance on the back nine on Sunday to win the golf tournament, then I’ve accomplished every goal that I’ve put into the week,” he said. “If you’re two or three shots back going into the back nine, you’ve got a chance. So that’s all we try to shoot for, and when it’s your time, it comes.”