Add Steven Bowditch to the list of golfers to follow at this week's Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor.
Bowditch shot 84 on Sunday in his final round at the Cadillac Championship, his fourth straight round in the 80s at Doral, which officials said made him the first player to shoot four rounds of 80 or more in a PGA Tour event since Mike Dunaway in the 1983 Las Vegas Pro-Celebrity Classic — a five-round event.
Bowditch was 37 over, his 72-hole score of 325 the highest recorded in a World Golf Championships event. But his tournament wasn't that bad, he said: "I shot 37 over par and still made a paycheck," of $48,000.
"It's the game of golf," Bowditch said. "You don't want to play that way, but it is what it is. No one wants to play that bad, but it's just golf. That's it. I'm out here in one of the biggest events of the year, playing bad. But I earned my right to be here."
Bowditch isn't some hack who made the Cadillac field as a fluke. He's a two-time winner in the United States, a winner of more than $6.6 million in PGA Tour events, a past President's Cup player, and he went into the week ranked No. 78 in the world.
Bowditch next tees it up in Thursday's first round of the Valspar Championship.