Lowry claws way onto money trail
Shane Lowry's name appears on the Race to Dubai money list after he earned his first pay cheque as a professional by finishing joint 50th in the French Open in Versailles yesterday.
Lowry carded a final round of 75 for a one-over-par tally to earn €16,800 and move into 253rd place on the money list.
Germany's Martin Kaymer took the title by beating England's Lee Westwood with a par at the first play-off hole. Both players had ended regulation play tied on 13-under par, with Kaymer carding a 68 and Westwood a 65 -- the equal best round of the day.
Ian Poulter, meanwhile, slammed a trigger-happy photographer at the 15th en route to a 67 and a share of third on 10-under par, which represents his best effort in Europe since finishing runner-up to Padraig Harrington in last year's British Open.
Poulter, who started the final round six shots off the lead, had closed the gap to three by the turn. But he was always having to push hard to make up the deficit and paid for his aggression -- and the unwanted attention of a local photographer clicking away on his back-swing -- when he took on the pin at the 15th and found water instead.
For the second round in succession, and three of the four rounds overall, Lowry struggled to get going and found himself at three-over par for the round through eight holes after bogeys at one, seven and eight.
A day earlier, Lowry was four-over-par after four opening bogeys, while on Thursday he was two-over par after four holes.
But, like Saturday's third round, Ireland's newest professional clawed his way back with birdies at the ninth and 10th holes ahead of five straight pars. He dropped a shot at the par-four 16th before producing a dramatic moment on the final green.
Lowry played an eight-iron from 165 yards that ran across the green and came to rest just inside the painted yellow line defining a water hazard and just inches from dropping off the green.
"I just played the wrong club there because I thought the wind was straight across. I was very lucky my ball didn't go into the hazard," he said.
Lowry had to stand with one foot off the wooden parapet and could not ground his club, but he played a super chip to around two feet, from where he holed out for par.
"Now that I have played four rounds I am very happy," he said. "I had an eagle and 14 birdies over the four days but there was also a lot of mistakes and that is something I have to work on when I get to Loch Lomond."
Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin was in a bonnie mood after qualifying for this week's Scottish Open thanks to the misfortune of Argentina's Rafa Echenique, who had a disastrous triple-bogey at the last to eventually end in a share of 13th on five-under par.
Peter Lawrie finished with a 67, one better than Damien McGrane, while Darren Clarke had to settle for 72 after taking a quadruple-bogey eight at the last.