May
20
2011
Bowditch Birdies Way Up the Board
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Bowditch battled clinical depression

Steven Bowditch went on a birdie barrage at Colonial during the second round, carding seven through 16 holes, before a bogey on the 17th dropped him back to six-under. The 27-year-old Australian signed for a 64 to follow his three-under 67 effort. With first-round co-leader David Toms still on the course, Bowditch is the leader in the clubhouse, along with Charlie Wi. “I knew he was going to play well,” said swing coach Scott Hamilton. “He’s been striping it. He hits driver on every hole — hits it straight and a mile. He knocks the dog crap out of it.”

Spoken like a true member of Team Bowditch! But Hamilton insists Steven has had an extra bounce to his step lately.

“He’s comfortable playing well now,” said Hamilton. “He believes in himself right now. When a guy is playing good, they have that air to ’em.”

Bowditch’s last full season on the PGA Tour came in 2006, where he encountered a blaze of DQs, WDs and MCs. Turned out Bowditch suffers from clinical depression, an ailment that he’s since received treatment for. (Check out Jim Moriarty’s story from 2009.)

He’s tired of being dubbed as The Guy Who Tried to Commit Suicide — he’d like to be known for his game. It’s tough to shake such an interesting backstory, and Bowditch’s climb back to the PGA Tour is quite admirable.

But understandably, sometimes you’d like to leave the past where it belongs. Two more solid rounds of golf could start things moving in the right direction.

Bowditch’s best finish this season is T9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.