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Tuesday 17 July 2018

'I was back in bed pretty early' - Shane Lowry on lucky break and celebrations

Shane Lowry celebrates after sinking a birdie putt on the eighteenth hole to win the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone
Shane Lowry celebrates after sinking a birdie putt on the eighteenth hole to win the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

When Ireland's Shane Lowry stood on the 18th tee at Firestone last night, he knew a par would more than likely land him the biggest prize of his career.

His drive went well left and it was looking precarious for the man from Clara but what happened next will be etched in the memory of the player and his fans forever.

Lowry could hardly believe his eyes when he pulled his approach into a tree next to the green and his ball plopped out within 12 feet of the hole.

He duly sank his birdie putt landing himself the title of WGC-Bridgestone Invitational champion, a cheque for €1.4m, a world ranking of 19 and the biggest win of his career.

Speaking on The Last Word on Today FM, he said: "The round had been going great, everything was going to plan. I had made a few birdies, I'd no bogeys and I knew I needed a par on the last.

"I hit my drive left on 18 which is not ideal, left is pretty much blocked out by all the trees.

"I was happy enough when I got down there and there was a a gap in the trees.

"My ball wasn't sitting great and there was a tree at the front of the green that I had to get over and I knew I couldn't get it over it so I was aiming for the right of it, for the right side of the green... all I was trying to do was make a four.

"I pulled it into the tree and I couldn't believe to be honest it when I seen it coming down where it did, and I knew from there that if I two-putted I'd probably win and the ball went in."

He reacted to birdie on the last with a series of delighted fist-pumps.

Friends and family members were watching the action unfold on television at Lowry's home club of Esker Hills, where they were also celebrating his younger brother Alan's victory in the prestigious Mullingar Scratch Cup at the start of the week.

The player has already seen the video of their celebrations and expected that there were a few hangovers in the Faithful county this morning.

"I seen the video going around of when I holed that putt, at Esker Hills. That looked like a bit of craic and I'd say there are a few sore heads knocking around," he added.

The party may have been out of control in Offaly but Lowry admitted that his own celebrations were fairly low-key.

"I woke up this morning and I was thankful that it wasn't all a dream.

"It still hasn't quite sunk in yet. It's been amazing the support I've got from back home, the texts and the tweets. It's an amazing feeling.

"I know people at home think I was out till all hours in the morning but I flew straight up here from Akron to Wisconsin and went and met Padraig Harrington and Ronan (Flood, Padraig's caddie) for a couple of hours and I was back in bed pretty early and I was awake pretty early this morning with the excitement.

"I had a few hours sleep and I'm looking forward to getting out to Whistling Straits and hopefully doing something good there too."

Lowry will compete for Major honours this week in the US PGA Championship at Wisconsin at Whistling Straits.

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