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Sunday 4 December 2016

'I'm looking forward to getting home to Wendy' - Shane Lowry reflects on US Open woe

Published 20/06/2016 | 09:18

Amateur Jon Rahm of Spain, Shane Lowry of Ireland and Scott Piercy of the United States shake hands on the 18th green following the final round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont
Amateur Jon Rahm of Spain, Shane Lowry of Ireland and Scott Piercy of the United States shake hands on the 18th green following the final round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont

Shane Lowry is looking forward to some home comforts as he comes to terms with losing a 54-hole four shot lead at the US Open in Oakmont.

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The Offaly native gained a cheque for $745,000 after finishing in a tie for second behind American Dustin Johnson his greatest major finish, but he was left thinking of what might have been.

After shooting a round of 76 which contained seven bogeys and just a solitary birdie, Lowry was dejected to have missed a chance to claim his first ever major and a 10th major for an Irishman in 10 years.

The 29-year-old will travel home to see his wife Wendy and friends and family in Clara before he returns to America to defend his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title.

"I'm looking forward to going home to see Wendy and everyone else," he told RTE.

Lowry was out very early yesterday morning as he concluded his third round in Pittsburgh and played brilliantly to open up a four stroke lead over eventual winner Johnson and the unheralded Andrew Landry.

He had five hours to kill before he began his fourth round and admitted that the wait was difficult as he struggled to sleep and spent his time trying to relax watching Limerick face Waterford in the hurling.

"Those few hours were very tough this morning... restless. I tried to go for a kip and couldn't go asleep and that's the way it is. When your out at 3.30pm on the Sunday of a major that's what it's like."

Lowry was pleased with the way he started his round but was unable to generate birdie opportunities.

"I felt like I started really well today. Hit some good shots. I really felt like a hit a great shot on the Par 5 fourth hole and got nothing out of it.

"That's the way my day went. I was playing okay shots and getting okay results. I wasn't doing anything spectacular or anything really bad.

"To be honest I was just trying to make pars, it was such a slog for me out there today. I felt like I was hitting good shots and getting nothing.

"These are the days you learn from."

Lowry mentioned the previous heartaches suffered by yesterday's victor Johnson at Whistling Straits and last year at Chambers Bay when he had a putt to win the US Open and vowed to return stronger.

"Dustin Johnson has been in my shoes a lot of times and he deserves one. I know I'll come back and give myself a chance some time."

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