Lowry still searching for best form after 48th place finish at US PGA

Thursday, 17 August 2017

HE didn't manage to mount a challenge over the weekend but at least Shane Lowry had the benefit of four rounds and a chance to rediscover his best form when he competed in the season's final major, the US PGA at Quail Hollow Golf Club last week.
The Clara man finished on +5 in tied 48th place and while that might seem modest for a man who hopes to win major honours, it nonetheless provided some encouragement for him in what has been a topsy turvy season during which he has struggled to find his very best form and consistency.
He must have been fearing the worse last Thursday. Starting on the 10th, he had two bogeys and two birdies to turn on level par and a birdie three on the 1st saw him go to -1. He was in a strong position at this stage, however, he bogeyed four of the remaining eight holes to post a 3 over 74.
He played some excellent golf on Friday in in a round that would have been a lot better only for an unfortunate and disastrous treble bogey six on the 17th. Up to that, he had played almost flawless golf as birdies on the 4th, 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th put him on -5 for the round. That treble bogey brought him back to -2 for the round but at +1 for the tournament, he was well inside the +5 cut mark.
He needed to go low on Saturday to move up the leader board but it didn't happen for him as he had three bogeys in his first six holes before an eagle 3 on the par five 7th moved him to +1 for the round. In the back nine he had four more bogeys and two birdies to record a +3 74 and his prospects of a high finish were gone.
On Sunday, Lowry again blew hot and cold. He had bogeys on the 7th, 9th and 5th but they got three birdies in four holes on the 12th, 14th and 15th before a bogey five on the 18th saw him finish on +1 for the day and +5 for the tournament, which was won by Justin Thomas.
The pressure will now be on Lowry for the rest of the season as he bids to improve his ranking in three big lists - he is currently 83rd in the world, 145th in the US PGA Fedexcup and 66th in the European Tour Race to Dubai.



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