Mar 7th, 2016
Bowditch first to shoot 4 rounds in the 80s since 1983
And still picks up a cheque for $48,000
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
We wrote about Steven Bowditch’s final round last night, where he shot a plus 12 to finish 37 over for the tournament, but just how poor a performance it was is just sinking in.
Bowditch has become the first player since 1983 to shoot four rounds in the 80’s at a PGA event.
Bowditch, who completed his final round in two hours and 12 minutes, said: "I shot 37 over par and still made a paycheck. All's not that bad."
Bowditch qualified for the tournament, which does not have a 36-hole cut, because of his world ranking of 78.
He started with a nine-over 81 on Thursday and followed it with consecutive 80s. With two triple bogeys in his final round 84, he recorded the highest-ever score at a WGC event.
He had to play the final two rounds on his own after Brandt Snedeker pulled out with a rib injury, which is why he got round so quickly. He also clearly couldn't wait to get back to the clubhouse.
Mike Dunaway was the last player to have four rounds in the 80s at the 1983 Las Vegas Pro-Celebrity Classic. Funnily enough this was the year that the 32-year Australian was actually born.
Another good one that we will need to research is when did someone last come 50 shots behind the eventual winner!?