Steven Bowditch ready for The Presidents Cup challenge
October 05, 2015
By Kenneth Quillinan, Special to PGATOUR.COM
- October 05, 2015
- Steven Bowditch of Australia remains poised at the start of The Presidents Cup. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
He was the last addition to this year’s International Team, but Australian Steven Bowditch is fired up for his Presidents Cup debut and keen to prove that Captain Nick Price made the correct decision picking him. He recently shared his thoughts ahead of this week:
Q: How does this call up to the Presidents Cup Team rank in your golfing career?
Bowditch: I’m still finding it hard to believe that I will be playing for Captain Nick, a true legend of the game that I grew up watching. It’s definitely a career highlight, and I know this will be a week I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
Q: When did Nick Price call you?
Bowditch: Nick called me about two hours prior to the announcement. I was truly shocked. Now, I feel like I have a better understanding of what college athletes must feel like on draft day.
Q: He must be your favorite golfer of all time now?
Bowditch: To be honest, he always has been one of my favorites!
Q: It must have been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster after just missing out on an automatic spot to Danny Lee by one shot?
Bowditch: Seeing the way Danny has played since The Greenbrier Classic, I knew I had to be on top of my game to grab that 10th spot. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it done but feel so fortunate to still be given an opportunity to play for the International Team.
Q: You must be delighted to see four Aussies on board? How is your relationship with the trio from Down Under?
Bowditch: It’s always been easy for me to cheer on, not only my countrymen, but also my former school mates, in Jason and Adam. And to stand alongside Marc is a great honor. We grew up as teammates at the junior level, playing together for our country.
Q: Will this be your first trip to Korea?
Bowditch: Yes, and I am thoroughly excited to be headed that way. I’ve heard lots of great things and am looking forward to experiencing it firsthand.
Q: Is it true that as a child you had a pet kangaroo called Joey? It doesn’t get more Aussie than that does it?
Bowditch: Yes, as a young boy, my family lived out in the bush, and my dad rescued him as a baby without a mother. He used to sleep in a grocery sack hung around my door knob (best I could do to simulate a kangaroo pouch).
Q: You must be pleased with how 2015 has panned out for you?
Bowditch: Yes, thrilled. It’s been a great season. My team has worked really hard to make this year a reality and get us to this point.
Q: What goals have you set for 2016? Hoping to represent Australia in Rio?
Bowditch: That’s a long way away right now, but to be able to walk out in the opening ceremony in Rio representing my country is something that gives me chills just to think about.
Q: Are you prepared to indulge in some extremely spicy food here in Korea?
Bowditch: Since moving to America, one thing I’ve really learned to do is eat spicy food. Let’s just say I’ve come a long way!
Q: Finally, what are your hopes and expectations from the competition?
Bowditch: Obviously, I hope to help get as many points as possible for the International Team and do whatever I can to help my teammates win.