Monday 23 April 2018

Shane Lowry hits out at US PGA after being 'put on the clock' following opening day struggle at Quail Hollow

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Shane Lowry has criticised the US PGA for putting his playing group of Stuart Deane and Pablo Larrazabal 'on the clock' after his opening day round of 74 at the US PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club.

Lowry's playing group was ruled to have been playing too slowly by tournament officials, and were warned to speed up their play or suffer a penalty.

Lowry and company were put 'on the clock' after the second hole - having teed off from the 10th - and the Offaly native admits that it had a detrimental effect on the rest of his round.

The 30-year-old was -1 under par heading into the second hole but after the warning proceeded to bogey four of the last seven holes to finish the day at +3 over par.

After his round Lowry took exception to the warning from officials but also admitted that he was disappointed that he let the disruption affect his play.

"The disappointing thing was we got put on the clock when we were a hole ahead of the group behind us and that’s when my round started to go," Lowry RTÉ Sport.

"That was on the second hole, just before my second shot on the second and that really annoyed me. When you put us out there on those greens and you’re a few minutes behind, you can’t expect us to… There are guys in the group making bogeys, doubles. Give us a break.

"We were on the middle of the second fairway and the guys weren’t even down to their balls on the first fairway because we could see across to them.

"That was the most disappointing thing, that I let that get to me. I hit my second shot too quick on the second, missed the green, did well to make bogey, hit a bad iron shot on the next and made par."

Lowry finished seven shots off the pace with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen currently in the lead at -4 under par.

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