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Late slip-up costs Lowry €25k

SHANE LOWRY celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday by taking a share of sixth spot at the Sicilian Open.

SHANE LOWRY celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday by taking a share of sixth spot at the Sicilian Open.

But the Clara man could have had more to celebrate if he had not dropped €25,000 on his final two holes.

A couple of bogeys on the testing last finish to the Verdura Resort saw him slip down the leaderboard on 10-under par, five behind impressive first-time winner Thorbjorn Olesen (22) of Denmark.

Lowry earned €30,000 for his efforts instead of the €55,000 he would have been due in a tie for third had he managed to play 17 and 18 in par.

Once he had shaken off his initial frustration, Lowry made it plain on Twitter last night that he was ready to get his 25th birthday party started.

Having joined the tournament lead courtesy of his seventh birdie of the day on 13, Lowry was more annoyed at his failure to take advantage of two birdie chances at 14 and 15.

“Not getting up and down on 14 killed me, as did missing the putt on 15,” he said.

England’s Chris Wood (24) equalled the course-record 64 set by Peter Lawrie in last Thursday’s first round.

Dubliner Lawrie had a disappointing final day, slipping back to a share of 19th place (worth €11,188) on seven-under after a closing 73.

Gareth Maybin’s hopes of advancing beyond a tie for 11th (worth €15,275) on eight-under were scuppered by the 33 putts taken by the Ballyclare man.


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