Bowditch blows good start

STEVEN Bowditch failed to capitalise on his promising start in the US PGA Tour event in North Carolina yesterday.

There were high hopes the 29-year-old (pictured) from Peregian Beach would put himself in the frame for a career best result at the Wells Fargo Championship after he carded an opening-round of three-under 69 to share 14th place on Friday morning.

But the long hitter was unable to make the most of it in the second round yesterday, when he carded four-over 76 to stumble 46 places down the leader board in the $6.7million event at the Quail Hollow Club.

American Phil Mickelson leads the event on nine-under par after a second round of five-under 67.

Scott Gardiner was the best-placed Australian in second spot on seven-under.

Bowditch has had mixed fortunes in the first half of the season.

Meanwhile, Sarah Jane Smith was yesterday in 51st place through two rounds of the US LPGA Tour event in Virginia. She was two-over par, nine shots behind leader Ariya Jutanugarn.

Fellow Sunshine Coast product Katherine Hull-Kirk missed the cut by two strokes.



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