Good to be Bad: One Golfer’s Record-Setting Week at Doral


Something happened at Doral last week that hasn’t happened in more than 30 years.

Steve Bowditch, a two-time winner on tour, became the first man in more than three decades to shoot over 80 in all four rounds of a PGA TOUR event.

Now, if this was any other tournament, he would have been saved from such a haunting record.  But this was the WGC Cadillac Championship where there’s no cut, only paydays.

Just how bad was Bowditch’s week?  Well, it actually got off to a great start: Bowditch birdied his first hole.  Unfortunately, he played the next 71 holes in 38-over.  He racked up some impressive numbers: a handful of triple bogeys, a quad and even a sextuple bogey (10 on a par 4).  If you’re playing in a professional event, it’s probably never a good thing when you make more triple bogeys than birdies.  Just guessing.

To sum it all up, Bowditch’s rounds of 81-80-80-84 placed him dead last, 49 strokes behind winner Adam Scott.  His 325 shot total is the highest ever recorded in a World Golf Championship event.

But, the really scary part about all this, Bowditch still got paid.  Last place was still good enough for a $48,000 paycheck. 

“I think there were four dozen golf balls at the start of the week in my locker,” he told reporters.  “And I’m down to my last one.”

Better head to Golf Galaxy to reload!