Date: February 04, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

Bowditch charged with ‘extreme’ drink-driving

Australian golfer Steven Bowditch is in trouble after being arrested for "super extreme'' drink-driving in the United States, where he is based.

Queenslander Bowditch, 33, was held in custody then charged with having a blood-alcohol reading of .204 in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he was playing in the Waste Management Open on the PGA Tour of the US.

"Today at 1:10 am, a citizen motorist called the Scottsdale Police Department to report an impaired driver that was swerving all over the road in a white pickup," Scottsdale Police said in a statement.

"A Scottsdale officer found the pickup at the intersection of Scottsdale Rd and Lincoln. The white pickup sat through two green traffic signals without moving. The officer had to wake the driver of the truck who was later identified as Steven David Bowditch (33 years old). Bowditch was removed from the pickup and later arrested for Extreme DUI."

Bowditch, whose career has been in a spiral, was able to make his second-round tee time at TPC Scottsdale but shot 74, and missed the cut.

He has spent a decade playing in the US, and won the 2014 Texas Open.