Bowditch helped by change to the rules

GOLF: A revamp to the rulebook helped Peregian Beach's Steven Bowditch stay among the leaders at The Open Championship in Scotland yesterday.

Play was suspended due to high winds but Bowditch completed his second round, shooting three-under par 69 at St Andrews.

That propelled him to five-under for the tournament, just four shots off the frontrunners - Englishman Danny Willett and American Danny Johnson - before the action resumed overnight.

But there was plenty of drama for Bowditch in just his second Open and fourth major.

After an unlucky front nine, he was making a strong run in the tough back nine when he thought he had fallen foul of the rule book.

While addressing a bogey putt on the famed 17th, the Road Hole, his ball was moved by a gust of wind.

The 32-year-old tossed his putter away in anguish, believing he would be penalised a stroke, but an official told him there would be no penalty because of a rule change made in 2013.

"I had a mind blank and forgot they changed the rule," AAP reported Bowditch as saying.

"I felt like I just won the lotto when he said no penalty."

He bogeyed the hole, but finished his round with a birdie to stay in contention.

Adam Scott was the best placed of the Australians, on seven-under par after a second round of five-under 67.

Jason Day was six-under after 13 holes of his second round.

-STEELE TAYLOR



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