Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lowry having time of his life – and reaping the big bucks

Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry

Karl MacGinty

SHANE LOWRY is having the time of his life in the Arizona desert and is banking megabucks into the bargain.

Lowry is already €107,005 richer after following up Thursday's victory over world No 1 Rory McIlroy with a 6&5 second-round hammering of Carl Pettersson which sets up another all-Ireland clash with Graeme McDowell today.

Revelling in the mano-a-mano element of matchplay, Lowry said: "I've enjoyed every minute of the last couple of days and am really looking forward to the next round."

Lowry – who played a lot better against Swede Pettersson than in Thursday's nerve-wracking pipe-opener against his good friend McIlroy – continued: "I struck the ball nicely and think I missed just one fairway."

Though he has tomorrow's first prize of €1.116m in his sights, Lowry needs to win a mere two more matches to reach the semi-finals and burst into the world's elite top 50.

Irish Independent

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