Steven Bowditch turned professional in 2001 and has been playing regularly on the PGA Tour since 2006. In that time, he’s had two wins, two second place finishes, and six top 10’s. Last season, Bowditch had an off year. This happens quite often in golf. Players can go from wins and top 10 finishes one season to struggling mightily the next.
There are plenty of names out there to pick on; hell, I’ve even done it regarding Mike Weir, who won a major tournament, and Tiger Woods has been the recipient of more than enough criticism over the last three years for his performances on the course.
In 2015 Bowditch had a win, a second place finish, and 12 missed cuts in the 32 events he played in on the PGA Tour, but last year his play declined. Bowditch missed 15 cuts and had only one top 10 finish in the 26 events he participated in.
That decline prompted Golf.com to write an article titled, “The Worst Golfer on the PGA Tour Last Season Still Made Nearly Half a Million Dollars,” which is true in the sense that yes, he did make nearly $500,000, and as the article points out he did finish the season at 214 strokes over par. In comparison, the best golfer on the Tour last season, Dustin Johnson finished a total of 157 strokes under par.
Bowditch still finished 158th out of 250 on the PGA Tour money list.
Even Bowditch knew he wasn’t playing his best and jokingly Tweeted as much during the season.
But it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the article didn’t sit well with Bowditch, for obvious reasons, and he took to Twitter to voice his opinion.
Bowditch was backed up by several other PGA Tour golfers.
In the world of media, we are always not far from suffering the wrath of the subjects of our articles and as a professional golfer your game can let you down at any moment. Here’s to hoping Bowditch can turn things around in the 2016-2017 season.