Lowry call sparks birdie blitz
Shane Lowry revealed he had to phone a friend prior to shooting a record-breaking 29 on the back nine in the first round of The Players Championship at Sawgrass yesterday.
Lowry, playing in the 'fifth Major' for only the second time, started the day low in confidence, and made an early morning phone call to his Dublin-based coach, Neil Manchip, who is also the GUI national coach.
"I had a bit of an emergency phone call with my coach this morning before I played. I just wanted to get some feelings off my chest. Things have not been going well, and I did not feel comfortable on the golf course," said Lowry.
Manchip helped to steady the Offaly man's nerves, and Lowry also reckons he owes fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell a beer for a putting tip that helped him shoot 65.
"That seemed to help. The putting was good. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll owe G-Mac a beer for that tip," said Lowry.