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NEWS: Bowditch Expresses Regret After DUI Charge

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Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police reportedly arrested two-time PGA Tour winner Steven Bowditch and charged him with Extreme Driving Under the Influence after finding him asleep at the wheel early Friday morning.

Bowditch, who was playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, was swerving all over the road with his white pickup truck before being found at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln, according to police. Bowditch, 33, sat through two green signals in his car while the engine was still running and was then arrested around 1:10 a.m. local time.

A blood alcohol content above .15 is classified as an Extreme DUI according to the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. Penalties potentially include 30 days in jail and a fine upwards of $2,500.

After bonding out of jail, he played his second round at TPC Scottsdale and shot 3-over 74, missing the cut. He shared this message following his round:

He also issued a statement:

“I would like to apologize to my family, friends and supporters, as well as the PGA Tour and Waste Management Phoenix Open for the incident reported today. As I intend to fully cooperate with the authorities, I will not be making further comment at this stage.”

The Australian has a painful history of struggling with mental illness. He has experienced many depressive episodes during his professional life, including in 2006 when, according to a 2009 magazine profile, he chugged an entire bottle of scotch, slept for two days and then attempted to drown himself in the pool of his Dallas condo.


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