Wednesday 26 April 2017

Vine: Shane Lowry makes three birdies with his wedge after breaking his putter in frustration

Shane Lowry, Ireland, prepares to putt on the 3rd green with his wedge. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Shane Lowry, Ireland, prepares to putt on the 3rd green with his wedge. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
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Offaly's Shane Lowry was forced to display his skill with a wedge after losing the plot and breaking his putter on the 12th hole at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down.

Lowry was forced to use a wedge on the green after the incident.


He looked destined to miss the cut but recorded three birdies with a wedge in his hand on the greens and ultimately signed for a very respectable 74 and a +4 total.

Here is Lowry draining a birdie with his wedge from 20ft.

"This tournament means everything," Lowry told the Irish Mirror. "I knew going out there that if kept close to par I'd be in with a shout for the weekend and I just got frustrated after missing a short par putt on 12 and stupidly broke my putter walking off the green.

"Things happen. I'm not proud of myself for doing it, I apologised to the lads (playing partners Ernie Els and Francesco Molinari) on the last green there, it's not something that people want to be seeing, that kids want to be seeing out there watching.

"I'm not very proud of myself for what I did but I'm proud of myself for battling the way I did and proud of Dermot my caddie for talking me into staying out on the golf course."

At one stage this morning, Padraig Harrington led the tournament by five shots but four bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine (his back nine) saw him finish with a two-over par 73 to lie on -2.

The Dubliner is still in contention and just a shot off the clubhouse lead.

Rory McIlroy has begun his second round needing a minor miracle to make the cut and has made seven pars and a birdie to move to +8. The projected cut is +4 but that may rise to +6.

There were strange happenings on the eighth hole in the afternoon when Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez birdie putt went 'in-off' Graeme McDowell's marker.

Watch it happen below:

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