February 4, 2017 / 7:00 AM / 10 months ago

Australian Bowditch arrested for drunk driving in Arizona

REUTERS - Australian golfer Steven Bowditch issued a public apology on Friday after being arrested earlier in the day by police in Scottsdale, Arizona for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jun 17, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Steven Bowditch hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the continuation of the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports/Files

Bowditch, who had been competing in this week’s U.S. PGA Tour event, the Phoenix Open, was held in custody on a misdemeanour charge before being released on bail.

The 33-year-old, a twice winner on the PGA Tour, went on to shoot a second successive three-over-par 74 at the TPC Scottsdale to miss the cut at the Phoenix Open by seven strokes.

After consulting with PGA Tour officials for more than an hour, Bowditch released 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.”

According to the Scottsdale Police Department, Bowditch was found asleep in a white pickup truck after a motorist reported that a vehicle had been swerving all over the road in the early hours of Friday morning.

The truck, a courtesy car provided by the tournament, was located with its engine running after remaining stationary through two green traffic signals.

The driver, identified as Bowditch, was woken by a traffic officer and later arrested with a blood alcohol content over 0.20 percent, Scottsdale police said.

In Arizona, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent are considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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