Friday 20 October 2017

Lowry bounces back at PGA

Shane Lowry tees off during day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Shane Lowry tees off during day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Phil Casey

Shane Lowry's fondness for the West Course at Wentworth shows no sign of abating.

The Offaly ace has a strong record in the BMW PGA Championship and he maintained it yesterday, rebounding from three dropped shots in two holes to finish with a three-under-par 69 and a share of 10th place after day one.

Having reached four-under par after 12 holes, Lowry then hit trouble on the 13th, posting a bogey which he followed with a double-bogey on 14 when his tee-shot took an unfortunate bounce on a cart path and shot out of bounds. But, as a bright start threatened to unravel, Lowry birdied the 15th and 18th to leave him four shots behind overnight leaders, Australia's Scott Hend, YE Yang of South Korea and Holland's Joost Luiten.

"I really felt like I needed to hole it on 18th for it to be a good day," Lowry said. "I'm a little bit disappointed because I thought I played good, obviously I made a bad bogey on 13 and hit an awful tee-shot on 14 but got a bit unlucky, it bounced on the cart path and went out of bounds. But that's the way my golf is going at the minute, I don't feel like I'm getting enough out of my rounds but hopefully that putt will give me a bit of a kick on for the rest of the summer."

Graeme McDowell joined Lowry on three-under with a less eventful 69, featuring just one dropped shot on the 15th. Michael Hoey is next best of the Irish competitors at Wentworth, his two-under 70 putting him inside the top 30.

Meanwhile, former world No 1 Luke Donald hailed the "perfect start" after beginning his bid for a third PGA victory in six years with an opening 68 (four-under). US Masters champion Danny Willett fired an impressive bogey-free 66.

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