EYE ON BALL: Sunshine Coast golfer Steven Bowditch surrenders his early lead at the Australian Masters Golf Tournament at Metropolitan Golf Course in Melbourne.
EYE ON BALL: Sunshine Coast golfer Steven Bowditch surrenders his early lead at the Australian Masters Golf Tournament at Metropolitan Golf Course in Melbourne. JULIAN SMITH

Erratic Steven crashes to 32nd in title

PEREGIAN Beach's Steven Bowditch all-but crashed out of contention at the Australian Masters yesterday, when Paul Spargo took the lead.

Bowditch, who has enjoyed a career-best year which included winning on the US PGA Tour, was arguably the one to beat after claiming a clubhouse lead on day one at Melbourne.

But the 31-year-old's opening round of five-under par 67 was brought undone by a round of three-over par 75 on Friday and one-over par 73 yesterday.

He heads into today's final round at the Metropolitan Golf Course in a share of 32nd place on one-under, seven shots adrift of leader Paul Spargo

South Australian Spargo carded a third round of one-under 71 to claim a one-stroke lead over overnight leader Michael Wright, who battled with a round of two-over.

Amateur Lucas Herbert was the mover of the day. His round of seven-under took him to six-under and a share of third, alongside Nick Cullen and James Nitties.

Geoff Ogilvy was three shots off the lead. Adam Scott was in a tie for eighth place on four-under.



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