Bowditch shoots 62, leaving Spieth 7 shots back at Nelson

Maybe some player added a new driver to his bag and instantly gained 10 yards.

NOTES: Bowditch’s 62 tied his career-low round on the PGA Tour…

“Hopefully the [bad] weather stays away but it is really not as bad as everyone is making out”.

The break in the rain proved short-lived. Torrential rain has left much of Texas swamped. With the amount of people they get here, boy, I’d bring rubber boots. “I’ll probably keep them on all week”. Since 2011, his first-round scores, in order, have been 65, 64, 65, 67 and 65.

McIlroy, whose Rory Foundation children’s charity is hosting the Irish Open for the first time, said he might need to shoot a 66 on Friday to make the cut. The Four Seasons ordered eight of the boards. He hasn’t contended here as a pro, but this was the tournament that got him truly into the public consciousness with his performance as a 17-year-old. He won a record 11 consecutive events in 1945.

“I already forgot about [the Colonial]”, Bowditch said, smiling. I expect him to play better over the next couple of weeks. It’s almost like it used to be on tour when you had to read a lie to figure out whether the ball will come out fast or soft.

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“Not a whole lot you can do with only two birdies in the round”, said Spieth, who also had one bogey. Only eight times in 61 years has one gone on to win. Jason Day withdrew citing dizziness.

Bowditch, whose sole PGA Tour victory came at last year’s Texas Open, totaled only 25 putts as he capitalized on a morning tee-off and a fast start.

“This was the first PGA Tour event I ever played…so it’s kind of a special place for me”.

So, here are some of the golfers you should consider throwing on this week’s card. Dallas’ Jordan Spieth is seven shots back.

The AT&T Byron Nelson, which begins at the end of the week, has a rich history of supporting students in North Texas.

He also provided one of the highlights of the day with this approach at the 10th.

We’ll be nice and give you one here.

– A graduate of Jesuit High School, Spieth took home the UIL Class 5A state title three times.

Who’s your choice to challenge Spieth this week?

The 17th hole at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament doesn’t look too scary on pro-am Wednesday, with the pin in the center of the green.

Quick preview: “It’s just an honor to join those names that have been on the trophy”, he said afterward.

Jordan Spieth finished tied for second at Colonial last Sunday. With the Masters champion, it’s a different legacy.

 

 

Steven Bowditch confers with caddie Neil Wallace on the 15th

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