Steven Bowditch.
Steven Bowditch. Cade Mooney

Bowditch chases tour card cash

PEREGIAN Beach's Steven Bowditch will need to finish among the front-runners and make up at least a $107,000 shortfall in the US PGA Tour's final money list event in Florida this weekend to keep his tour card for next year.

Bowditch, 28, was projected to be in 136th place by the end of the penultimate event in Georgia today, after missing the cut by 10 strokes in the McGladrey Classic on Saturday.

He needs to be among the top 125 players on the list to secure his card for next season.

Bowditch returned to the tour this year after a three-year hiatus and has experienced mixed fortunes in his comeback, making the cut in 14 of his 27 events. He claimed one top-10 finish (ninth at Pebble Beach) and five top-25 results, earning $548,528 so far.

Other Australians walking the tour tightrope included Nick O'Hern and Matt Jones, but O'Hern was well placed last night to move up that leaderboard.

ON Friday, Bowditch announced he would host a lucrative charity golf day for Autism Queensland at Twin Waters on November 21.

The tournament will boast $30,000 in prize money and is set to attract 124 players, including 24 professionals. British Open champion John Daly, as well as Australians Greg Chalmers and Rod Pampling, are expected to play.


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