Friday 30 September 2016

Lowry in last-gasp bid for Ryder Cup team

William S Callahan

Published 20/08/2016 | 02:30

Shane Lowry achieved his first goal of this week when he comfortably made the cut yesterday at Sedgefield CC in North Carolina Photo: Getty
Shane Lowry achieved his first goal of this week when he comfortably made the cut yesterday at Sedgefield CC in North Carolina Photo: Getty

Shane Lowry is refusing to give up on his Ryder Cup dream without a fight.

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Lowry knows the chances of an automatic place on Darren Clarke's team to face the USA at Hazeltine are slim, but he will battle all the way in the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour and next week's Made in Denmark tournament in Europe.

The Offaly native achieved his first goal of this week when he comfortably made the cut yesterday at Sedgefield CC in North Carolina.

That was a relief after successive missed cuts in the Open Championship, the US PGA Championship and the Travelers Championship.

A five-under par 65 after his opening level-par 71 was Lowry's best 18-hole score since he shot 65 in the first round of The Players in May.

Lowry is 14th in the European Ryder Cup points list and 16th on the World points list - and he cannot rely on a captain's pick.

"The reality is that I probably need a win this week or in Denmark next week if I'm to have any chance of making it to Hazeltine," he said.

A pitch-in birdie three on the first yesterday gave the Irishman an early boost, and he added four more birdies on his front nine to turn in 31.

The only blemish on his card was a bogey five at the sixth hole. Lowry added just one more birdie - a two on the 17th where he holed from five feet - to card his 65 on the par-70 Sedgefield layout.

He was seven shots adrift of clubhouse leader Si Woo Kim of Korea who shot a sensational 60 for -12. Graeme McDowell was among the later starters.

Irish Independent

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