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Second Round Bogey Fest Sees Lowry Make Early Exit From Masters

Thursday, 13 April 2017

SHANE Lowry's dreams of making a weekend challenge at the US Masters in Augusta ended when a glut of bogeys in Friday's second round saw him miss the half way cut.

It was a tournament that promised much for Lowry but ended in the front 9 on Friday as the field found it very difficult to cope with a teak tough course and very testing conditions.

Conditions were also tough for Thursday's opening round but Lowry performed very well as he looked capable of contending.

A level par 72 left the Clara man seven shots off Charley Hofman's lead but well up the leader board and firmly in contention after a round that could have been even better.

The opening round was amazing and it was the par four 7th before he had a par. Prior to that he had bogeyed 1, 3 and 6 but had birdies on 2, 4 and 5. A birdie four on the par five eight saw him take the turn on -1 and he went to two under with another birdie four, this time on the 13th. Unfortunately bogeys on the 15th and 16th brought him back to level par for the day but it was still a very satisfactory afternoon's work for him.

He went into Friday with high hopes and was ideally positioned to make the cut at the very least but it all unraveled on the front 9 as he bogeyed the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th to turn on 6 over. A double bogey 6 on the 10th put Lowry on 8 over and outside the cut mark, which ended up at 6 over.

After this he steadied the ship and played way more consistent golf. A birdie four on the 13th brought him to seven over and on the cusp of making the weekend. He had chances on the way in but couldn't manage the birdies he needed as he parred his way home and could only reflect on what might have been.

Speaking after Friday's round, Lowry reflected: 'Going out I felt grand. I went off on the first and I hit a decent tee shot, I just pushed it a little bit. I put myself in a decent position with my second shot because I wanted to get myself back in position. I didn't get that up and down and then I hit it in the bunker on the second, gave myself a good chance of birdie, and didn't hole that..

'I just kept on putting it in bad positions off the tee and you just can't do that out there. It is disappointing. I feel I played 26 holes like one of the best golfers in the world this week and I played ten like one of the worse. I feel like I played the last eight holes as good as I can play.'

Over the weekend, Lowry was among the enthralled observers as the tournament came to a thrilling conclusion with Sergio Garcia finally ending years of major heartbreak to capture the green jacket with a nerve tingling play off win over England's Justin Rose.

This week Lowry is among the big field in the RBC Hertiage in Hilton Head, South Carolina as the need to improve his world ranking and to challenge increases.

 

 

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