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Bowditch (63) fires low round of the week

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AKRON, Ohio – Steven Bowditch admitted his confidence has been reeling in recent days. Shooting an 83, as he did six days ago at the Quicken Loans National, will do that.

It’s safe to say the Aussie has turned things around a bit.

Bowditch fired a 7-under 63 in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the best score of the week by two shots and 20 shots better than his final-round effort last week at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

“I don’t know what happened last Sunday,” Bowditch said. “Ever since then, it’s just been feeling all over the map. Today I was able to get a few feelings back that I’ve had the last sort of six, seven weeks with my golf swing and started to go back to where I was looking again.”

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Bowditch opened with rounds of 73 and 69 this week at Firestone, but he came out of the gates quickly with an outward nine of 4-under 31. He added four more birdies on the back nine, including three across his final five holes to reach the clubhouse at 5-under 205.

“The front nine was very much a struggle again with my golf swing. I felt uncomfortable, and I was stuck in some places. And then I made a really good swing on like (No.) 13, I think, or 14,” he said. “From there, I didn’t miss a golf shot. I hit it dead where I wanted to basically.”

Bowditch won earlier this year at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, and he was also a runner-up at the season-opening Open. He entered the week at No. 12 in the Presidents Cup standings for the International Team, and the 32-year-old made it clear that earning a spot in Korea is at the forefront of his mind.

“It’s something that I really want to do,” he said. “It will be a dream of mine. I haven’t had too many. To play a British Open at St. Andrews, got my card at the age of 30, and to play a Presidents Cup. Just pack it in if that goes through, yeah.”