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Shane Lowry

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/4/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 224

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Shane Lowry is off to a flying start at the RBC Heritage, following a 5-under-par 33-33=66 during his opening lap of Harbour Town Golf Links, staking out a spot just one shy of early leader Luke Donald. UPDATE: Donald would later get passed by Bud Cauley who shot a bogey-free, 8-under 63, placing Lowry three off the pace.
The Irishman is getting his first look at Harbour Town GL this week, but had no troubles getting adjusted in round one. His primary scoring tool was the flat stick today, splashing home three birdie bombs from outside 20 feet. The longest coming at the closing, par-4 18th to close his day with a 58'1" splash. It wasn't his only method of scoring though, one example coming at the par-4 sixth hole where he stuck his 150-yard approach to 23 inches for a stress-free birdie. Lowry is coming off a missed cut at the Masters, despite starting strong to position himself T12 after round one. He ballooned with a 7-over 79 in round two, so tomorrow's round should have his full attention as he looks to avoid the same fate for a second straight week. Apr 13 - 12:41 PM

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Shane Lowry’s memories of the Masters will focus on last year’s bright start when he heads down Magnolia Lane to tee it up at Augusta National Golf Club.

When he pegged T9 at the 2014 British Open, then T9 and T2 at the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Opens the Irishman looked ready to join his many compatriots in being a major contender. But the disappointment of that latter result seemed to hit him hard and he has no top ten finish in 16 starts since. It reflects his performance here 12 months ago. He had missed the cut on his only previous visit to ANGC, but opened with 68 for T2, only to then limp home with rounds of 76-79-75. Toss in that earlier appearance and he’s only broken 75 twice in six laps. He has a fine short game, but found only half the greens in regulation in 2015 and just 58.3% last year (44th). Struggled last time out in the WGC World Match Play and withdrew from the Genesis Open when set to miss the cut during a long weather delay. Before then posted top 20s at Pebble Beach and Scottsdale.
Apr 4 - 5:43 AM

Shane Lowry exchanged heavy blows with World No. 10 Sergio Garcia, escaping with a halved match during the opening round of group play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Irishman arrived with a less-than-stellar career match play record, just 5-10-1 heading into the week (3-5-1 at the WGC-Match Play). The clear highlight was a first-round upset of Rory McIlroy back at the 2013 edition of this event. Lowry traded two birdies with two bogeys on the front nine today, finding himself with a 1-up lead at the turn. The Irishman would maintain control of the match all the way up to the closing par 4. After Garcia secured his par, Lowry stood over a 5'7" putt to halve the hole (and win the match). Instead, the Irishman knocked it by the cup to end the match all square, giving each golfer half a point for their efforts. Lowry will take on Jon Rahm in round two, tomorrow.
Mar 22 - 8:07 PM

Shane Lowry will make a fourth appearance in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play when he tees it up at Austin Country Club in Texas later this week.

The Irishman owns a distinctly poor career singles record of 5-10-1, although most of the damage has been done in the the EurAsia Cup and Volvo World Match Play (in this tournament he is 4-4-1). On the bright side, he has downed both Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in the tournament (not just players with strong match play reputations, but matches that would have meant much to both men due to friendship and national kinship), but last year at this course he managed just half a point in his three group matches. He was last seen withdrawing from the Genesis Open (he opted out when unlikely to make the cut after a lengthy weather delay) – before then he had notched top 20 finishes in both the Farmers Insurance Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-am. He's drawn in Group 7, facing a double Spanish duo of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm, plus tough nut Kevin Chappell.
Mar 20 - 12:07 PM

Taking on Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course, Shane Lowry tiptoed his way to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 32-36=68 during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, arriving at the midpoint with a share of eighth place on 5-under 138.

When tough weather conditions hit an event, it can really turn into a grind. That's exactly what the Irishman is doing so far, grinding. He battled through the toughest weather in round one at Pebble Beach Golf Links, trading six birdies with four bogeys. On Friday, the weather was a bit calmer and so was Lowry's scorecard. He circled just three birdies in round two, but he maintained a clean card throughout to help him rise one spot on the leaderboard. Next up for the sizable Irishman is a round-three tee time later today at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.
Feb 11 - 12:56 PM

Shane Lowry returns from an eight-week recess as he preps for this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

The Irishman has been dormant since a T19 at the DP World Tour Championship in November. Like always, he takes a nice break after the season to recharge his batteries. Those long layoffs have never hindered his success at the Farmers as he's posted a T13 and T7 in two visits. Lowry's lone PGA TOUR win came at Firestone Country Club, a bulky layout much like Torrey Pines South. Course history buffs should give Lowry a long look this week when setting their tournament rosters.
Jan 25 - 2:44 PM

Shane Lowry will be seeking a third top ten finish in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates this week.

The last two years have seen the Irishman open his Earth Course account in vastly different fashion. Back in 2014 a lap of 66 earned him the first round lead; 12 months later an initial tour of 75 had him languishing T54. It's typical because his four visits have a split personality: T8 and T5 the good Shane, T39 and T48 the bad Shane. Given that this season promised so much you have to think he'll be looking forward to pressing refresh over the winter. Since a last round 76 saw him blow the U.S. Open lead he finished T36 on defense of his Bridgestone Invitational title and then missed four weekends on the bounce. He's recovered to go 5-for-5 in recent weeks and was T8 after 54 holes of the WGC-HSBC Champions. So there are signs of recovery, but it might be that a good rest will be needed before he truly recovers the zip of the last two seasons.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 01:40:00 PM

Shane Lowry vaulted up the leaderbaord during round three of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, styling a 7-under-par 32-33=65 to reach 9-under 207 on the week.

For the third straight day, the Irishman improved his GIR tallies (11→15→17). Missing just one green in regulation, Lowry had plenty of good looks at birdie and he capitalized. On the front nine he opened with a bogey before circling five birdies. After the turn he added three more birdies, reaching 15 on the week. Lowry posted a 6-under 66 in his very first round at Sheshan International (2009) but hasn't found anything better than 4-under 68 since, until now. The 29-year-old will enter the finale eight shots off the leader Hideki Matsuyama, but a mere five shot out of second place.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 09:08:00 AM

Shane Lowry slots in at 24th on the Race to Dubai ahead of his fifth start at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China this week.

The Irishman has finished 5th (2015) and 10th (2014) on Europe's money list in the last two seasons so is a little short of that so far. Over 50% of his earnings in 2016 came via T2 at the U.S. Open although the manner of that result (he was four clear with 18 to play) certainly knocked him for a while and he missed his next three cuts. Lowry has made something of a recovery with T24-T18-T41 in his latest three starts. At this week's event, he shot 66 on his very first lap of Sheshan International GC in 2009 before finishing T28 but he hasn't beaten that since with T34 in 2014 and T68 last year. He also took part in the 2012 edition at Mission Hills, again starting with a 66 before falling to T32. This week he'll be attempting to win his second WGC event having landed the Bridgestone Invitational last year.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 03:26:00 PM

World No. 36 Shane Lowry limps into his Wyndham Championship debut off four consecutive missed cuts. UPDATE: Lowry posted 8-under 272 (70-65-70-67), currently T43 on the leaderboard.

The first-time member though not a rookie was the 54-hole leader by four at the 116th U.S. Open before a closing 6-over 76 left him in a three-way T2, three back of champion Dustin Johnson. He chased with a T36 as defender at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone and then missed two cuts in Scotland (Scottish Open, The Open), and missed the cuts at the PGA Championship and the Travelers. Since a third-round 65 at Oakmont, the 29-year-old has posted just two red numbers in his last 11 loops. He arrives 90th in the FedExCup standings with four top 25s in 15 starts.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Shane Lowry will be relishing a return to links golf with this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in Inverness.

After finishing T6 at the Phoenix Open back in February his season took a turn for the worse with just one top 20 in his next 10 starts. That said, there were signs - T2 after 18 holes at Augusta, leading after 36 holes when T16 at Sawgrass - and he came good when T2 in the U.S. Open (having led after 54 holes). A solid if unspectacular defence of his Bridgestone Invitational title last week (T36 after a round one 78), but a return to Castle Stuart Golf Links should suit: he was T14 on course debut in 2011, T11 12 months later and T31 in 2013 (when T3 after 18 holes). 15-for-21 in Scotland makes him a solid option.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 04:03:00 AM

Shane Lowry makes his way back to Firestone Country Club in attempt to defend his throne at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Lowry found himself in a difficult situation this week. As the defending champion, it's almost an unwritten rule that you return to defend. However, his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open catapulted him up the European Tour Ryder Cup Rankings, currently 11th place. With the 100th Open de France giving up 2x Ryder Cup points, it would have been easy for Lowry to bail and head to Paris. Instead, he'll be collecting an easy paycheck this week and gets the opportunity to increase his position in the FedExCup standings (currently 75th). Lowry owns just four top 25s in 12 starts this season but gamers can just look at last year's leaderboard if they need a reminder of his upside this week.
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 03:58:00 PM

Fifty-four hole leader Shane Lowry backed up with a 6-over-par 38-38=76 in the final round of the 116th U.S. Open for a four-day total of 1-under 279, down one place into a three-way T2, three back of champion Dustin Johnson.

After opening his fourth appearance in 68-70 and a week-tying-low 65, the 29-year-old began the finale with a four-shot lead over playing competitor and first-round leader Andrew Landry, who shot 78. He also led Johnson by four, who was playing one twosome behind. The Irishman striped 10 (of 14) fairways but managed just nine greens in regulation and totaled 33 putts. He circled a lone birdie from 12 inches at the par-5 12th and squared seven bogeys, including three straight on 14-16. Lowry, the 2015 winner at the WGC-Bridgestone, settles for a career best in 14 major appearances, previously T9 two times, and his first career runner-up in 41 TOUR starts. It's also a season best in 12 events and second top 10 (T6, WMPO).
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 08:49:00 PM

Shane Lowry spun a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the two-day third round of the 116th U.S. Open to reach the three-quarter pole on 7-under 203, up two places on the live leaderboard, matching the low round of the week, and good for the 54-hole lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Lowry leads by four over 18-hole leader Andrew Landry and 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The 29-year-old began the third round in a four-way T3 on 2-under, two back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he was 3-under on his lap thru 14 holes, camouflaging bogeys on Nos. 2 and 8 with birdies on 4, 6, 7, 9 and 12. When play resumed on Sunday, he was the leader on the course by two, and extended the lead with an 11-foot birdie on the par-4 15th and a seven-footer for birdie-3 at 17. In summary, the Irishman circled seven against two squares and totaled 27 putts after 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. This will be Lowry's first 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR in his 41st career start. His 7-under aggregate ties the low 54-hole tally at Oakmont CC with Ernie Els (1994), who went on to win.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 08:19:00 AM

The third round of the 116th U.S. Open was suspended at 8:49 p.m. ET due to darkness with a scheduled restart of 7:00 a.m. Sunday. UPDATE: The third round resumed as scheduled at 7:00 a.m. Sunday with 27 (of 67) needing to complete their respective rounds.

Shane Lowry was in the penultimate threesome and began the third round at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday. He was in a four-way T3 on 2-under, two back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson, and got 14 holes into the books when the horn sounded. When play resumes on Sunday, he'll be hitting his tee shot to the par-4 15th and is the leader on the course at 5-under total. The 29-year-old, a first-time TOUR member though not a rookie, squared two bogeys on the card, but camouflaged them with five birdies. He's leading by two shots over first-round leader Andrew Landry, who is even-par thru 13 holes and 3-under total. Johnson is one shot further back, 2-over on his lap thru 13 holes.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 09:07:00 PM