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Bowditch leads into weekend at Valerto Texas Open

Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Valero Texas Open – TPC San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas –

Steven Bowditch slept on a one-shot lead at the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open.

The Aussie is a long-shot to win the championship – 250-to-1 at Skybet.com heading into the week. But, his game has been sharp for 36 holes.

At 8-under, he leads Chad Collins and Andrew Loupe by a stroke. Pat Perez and Cameron Beckman are 5-under. With final-group pressure building on Bowditch, several seasoned champions are still in the mix chasing the lead including Zach Johnson (T-9 at 3-under).

Johnson won this tournament in 2008 an 2009.

Players are facing difficult conditions Saturday in round three. Winds are picking up at TPC San Antonio. The lead group tees off at 12:30 p.m. local time.

For Bowditch, he has just two career PGA Tour Top 10s including a runner-up at The Greenbrier Classic last season. He entered this week with missed cuts in three of his last four starts. His best effort this season is a T-19 at Pebble Beach.

Bowditch, who is 339th in the Official World Golf Ranking, crafted a front-nine 31 Friday in the second round reaching 10-under at one point – and a five-shot lead.

The leader board is a great mix of young and experienced players. Fred Funk, a Champions Tour regular, is 1-under early Saturday to crack the Top 10. Jim Furyk (2-under on his third round) has also reached 3-under making at early move.

Kevin Na, Aaron Baddeley and Freddie Jacobson begin Saturday within reach of the lead.

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