Bowditch Abandons Defense of Nelson Crown

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Australia’s Steven Bowditch apparently likes playing in Texas.

Last year’s Byron Nelson winner made a respectable debut 68 in defense of his 2015 title, opening five shots behind the sizzling 63s of Sergio Garcia and Johnson Wagner.

He managed a 70 in the second round, which on many weeks would have had him high up the leaderboard, but on a week of calm winds and soft greens where the pros were consistently tossing darts onto receptive greens at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, his two-round aggregate of 138 left him 10 strokes behind the leader, Ben Crane. Bowditch’s two-round score saw him making the cut by one stroke.

A third-round 75 was apparently sufficiently discouraging that Bowditch abandoned the tournament.

Going into the final round, American Brooks Koepka, who could be a threat to make the list of most AFL clubs, holds a two-stroke lead over world number two Jordan Spieth, who gives every indication of having shaken off his Masters disaster and is mounting a bid to seize Jordan Day’s number one ranking. Day skipped the AT & T Byron Nelson this week as he deserves a week to bask in his win from last week’s Players Championship and works on his lead-up to the U.S. Open.