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Saturday 18 November 2017

Lowry seals US Open spot in ‘best form of my life’ run

Bernie McGuire at Walton Heath

Shane Lowry continues to ride high on a superb crest of form, qualifying for next fortnight's US Open a day after securing his biggest ever pay cheque.

Lowry superbly toughed out drizzly weather at Walton Heath to qualify for only his third Major championship.

The 24-year-old joins reigning champion Graeme McDowell, triple Major-winning Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy at the US Open, starting on June 16 at the Congressional Club in Maryland.

Lowry finished the second leading qualifier after carding a first-round 69 on the Old Course and ignoring the poor afternoon conditions to record an eagle and six birdies in a 67 for an eight-under-par total.

Belgium's in-form Nicolas Colsaerts topped the field of 82 with scores of 64 and 71.

Lowry capped his second round in landing a 220-yard six-iron second shot to just a foot at the par- five 13th hole for the easiest of eagle putts. "It's just great to qualify as I have never played in a US Open, and it will be my third Major, so I'm happy enough," said the Clara man.

Lowry's effort caps a remarkable five days after he finished in a share of fourth place in Sunday's dramatic conclusion to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Qualifying for the US Open continues an impressive run in recent weeks, with Lowry 13th in the Ballantine's Championship, 11th in the Spanish Open and fifth in Iberdrola Open in Majorca.

"I just seem to be playing the golf of my life at the moment and given the way I have been playing of late, I expected to qualify," he said.

Gary Murphy remained for the second round despite missing out after an opening four-over 76 and toughed out the wet conditions to shoot a respectable second-round 71. "I was just happy to get in another competitive round as I've no idea when or where I will be playing next," he said.

Irish Independent

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