Friday 30 September 2016

Lowry's miracle escape at Firestone earns European Tour shot of the year

William S Callahan

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

Shane Lowry's award-winning shot secured him a par and the biggest win of his life Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Shane Lowry's award-winning shot secured him a par and the biggest win of his life Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Shane Lowry's miracle escape on the final hole of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has been voted the European Tour's Shot of 2015.

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Leading by two shots on the 18th at Firestone, Lowry sent his drive into the trees but somehow managed to scramble from 127 yards to secure a par and the biggest win of his life.

"It was actually a pretty horrific lie." Lowry said at the time. "It was sitting down in a hole. It was almost like someone had stood on it, but it was where the crowd was walking.

And I just said to (my caddie), I'll try and hit sand wedge and just get it down to the front of the green. I pulled it a bit too low and went into the tree. The rest is history."

Nearly a quarter of all votes were for Lowry's winning shot. The Offaly man overcame competition from the likes of Rory McIlroy, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Patrick Reed to win the award.

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