Golfer Bowditch arrested for 'extreme DUI', plays Phoenix Open second round

Australian golfer Steven Bowditch participated in the second round of the Phoenix Open on Friday, despite being arrested for driving under the influence in the early hours of the morning.

Bowditch - a two-time winner on the PGA Tour - was found asleep at the wheel of a pick-up truck by officers in Scottsdale, after a fellow motorist had alerted police to a vehicle being driven erratically.

The 33-year-old was initially held in custody at the Scottsdale City Jail, but was later released and completed a second successive round of 74 to miss the Phoenix Open cut by seven strokes.

A statement from the Scottsdale Police Department confirmed the details of Bowditch's arrest for 'extreme DUI'.

It read: "Yesterday [Friday] 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.

"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 was held in custody on Extreme DUI [blood alcohol content over 0.20] due to the fact that he is an out-of-state resident. Bowditch bonded out of the Scottsdale City Jail later in the morning."

In a statement released by the PGA Tour, Bowditch said: "I would like to apologise to my family, friends and supporters, as well as the PGA TOUR and Waste Management Phoenix Open for the incident reported.

"As I intend to fully cooperate with the authorities, I will not be making further comment at this stage."

Bowditch has missed the cut in 11 of his last 12 PGA Tour events.

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