Tuesday 24 January 2017

Lowry call sparks birdie blitz

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

Shane Lowry. Photo: Getty
Shane Lowry. Photo: Getty

Shane Lowry revealed he had to phone a friend prior to shooting a record-breaking 29 on the back nine in the first round of The Players Championship at Sawgrass yesterday.

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Lowry, playing in the 'fifth Major' for only the second time, started the day low in confidence, and made an early morning phone call to his Dublin-based coach, Neil Manchip, who is also the GUI national coach.

"I had a bit of an emergency phone call with my coach this morning before I played. I just wanted to get some feelings off my chest. Things have not been going well, and I did not feel comfortable on the golf course," said Lowry.

Manchip helped to steady the Offaly man's nerves, and Lowry also reckons he owes fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell a beer for a putting tip that helped him shoot 65.

"That seemed to help. The putting was good. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll owe G-Mac a beer for that tip," said Lowry.

Irish Independent

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