Bowditch opens up 2-shot lead at Byron Nelson

Irving, TX ( - Steven Bowditch fired a 4-under 65 in Saturday's third round and that was good enough to give him a 2-shot lead at the Byron Nelson Championship.

After second-round play was suspended due to darkness on Friday following a three-hour delay in the morning, another three-hour delay due to thunderstorms held up the conclusion of the second round early Saturday. Players were eventually able to finish up their second and third rounds to get the tournament back on track.

Bowditch, who shared the second-round lead with Jimmy Walker and Jon Curran, finished 54 holes at 13-under-par 195. Bowditch's lone win on the PGA Tour came at last year's Texas Open.

"I don't know about comfort level. I guess you draw back on some experience, but every day is different, every tournament is different," Bowditch said when asked how comfortable he is having already won once on tour. "You're not sure about what hurdles are going to come up tomorrow so hopefully there's not too many hurdles and we just have a chance coming down that back stretch."

Walker (67) and Curran (67) are two of five players nipping at Bowditch's heels in second place at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas. They are tied with Dustin Johnson (62), Scott Pinckney (64) and Jonathan Randolph (65) at 11- under 197.

Charley Hoffman (64), Joe Affrunti (67) and Ryan Palmer (67) are one shot further back and tied for seventh at minus-10.

World No. 2 and Masters champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68 and is tied for 18th at 7-under 201.

Spieth could not quite keep up with the others at the top of the leaderboard. He ran off five straight pars to start before trading a birdie on six for a bogey on eight.

Around the turn, Spieth made his second birdie on 11. Following a bogey on 15, the 21-year-old sank his third birdie on 16. He nearly made a hole-in-one on 17, but missed the ensuing putt for birdie as he finished up with two pars.

Bowditch saw a number of players try and take the lead from him throughout the day, but in the end he snagged the outright 2-shot lead.

After a pair of pars to start, Bowditch rolled in his first gain at No. 3. Another pair of pars preceded back-to-back birdies at six and seven, pushing him up to minus-12.

Bowditch's lone blemish on his scorecard was a bogey on nine and he made the turn at minus-2 for the day.

He responded nicely and was able to hold firm down the stretch. Birdies on 11 and 14 to go along with seven pars were enough to give Bowditch the outright lead.

"You just got to stick to what you know and stay aggressive," said Bowditch. "Big key out here is hitting these fairways so you can get the ball in the hand. It's obviously wet out there. The greens are surprisingly really good, so you can make some putts. You are going to get some bumps, but it's the same for everyone."

Johnson made four birdies in five holes from two and scattered three more gains on the back nine to shoot a 62 and get his name into contention.

Randolph was tied with Bowditch for the lead late with an eagle and four birdies, but a double-bogey at the last dropped him back into second.

Pinckney was bogey-free with five birdies, while both Walker and Curran had five birdies and three bogeys in their rounds.

NOTES: For the second straight day, the course played as a par-69. The par-4 14th was turned into a 104-yard par-3 due to heavy flooding in the fairway ... Bowditch also has two Tour wins to his credit ... His lone top-10 this season was a runner-up finish at the season-opening Open ... Walker is seeking his third win this season, while Johnson is looking for his second.