Saturday 21 July 2018

Irish fans react as Google claim Shane Lowry is Australian

Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Shane Lowry is hot on the heels of Jordan Spieth at the US Masters - Ireland's Shane Lowry that is, just in case there is any confusion for those following the first major of the year on Google.

It was the BBC last year when they claimed Wicklow man Paul Dunne as British following his masterful showing in the British Open at St Andrew's. Back then, the British broadcaster was flooded with complaints as Irish fans pointed out exactly what country the Greystones man was from.

Another year, another golfing major and another glaring error in the geographical story of Irish golfers with Google the offender this time.

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On the tech giant's official Masters scoreboard, the national flag of Australia is beside Lowry's name and this has not gone down too well with the Irish, who have been quick to pull Google up on their error.

But there is still no sign of the tricolour.   

Lowry has more pressing matters on his mind however, as he sets his sights on a first major.

"I'm sure I'm going to be sitting back tonight thinking at some stage about wearing a green jacket. I'm only human. I'm going to do that," Lowry said.

"But I've just got to kind of give myself a slap in the face and get myself back into reality and try to get down to business and keep hitting good shots and see where that leaves me at the end of the week.

"Winning a major obviously is a big deal, it's something that you want to do as a golfer and it's nice seeing my name up there. But it's a long way to go yet, especially around this place. You're only ever a bad bounce away from a bit of a disaster, so you've just got to keep your head on. You've just got to keep trying to hit good shots and hit towards your targets and hopefully make a few putts, and that's all I'm going to try and do."

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