Monday 19 February 2018

Video: Watch Shane Lowry's home golf club go berserk as Offaly man claims incredible victory

Shane Lowry reacts after a par putt during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club
Shane Lowry reacts after a par putt during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club Newsdesk Newsdesk

Last night was a very special night for Esker Hills Golf Club as a huge crowd gathered to watch the biggest win of local hero Shane Lowry's career at Firestone County.

The Tullamore golf club was the scene of incredible elation and celebrations as Lowry held off the challenge of three major champions to claim the biggest victory of his career and a cheque for €1.45m after a stunning final round of 66.

Lowry, picking up his first victory since 2012, admitted he was struggling to put into words the achievement after collecting the trophy but those gripped to the TV back in Esker Hills had no such difficulty expressing their emotions.

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Lowry began the final round two shots off the lead shared by former US Open champions Rose and Furyk, but wiped out the deficit with birdies on the second and eighth.

And when he produced a spectacular recovery following a wayward tee shot on the 10th, the resulting tap-in birdie gave the 28-year-old a two-shot lead over the chasing pack.

Watson then recorded his fourth birdie in six holes on the 13th to close within a shot and Furyk did likewise with a birdie on the 11th, only to promptly bogey the next after chipping from one side of the green off the other.

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And when Watson also dropped a shot on the 15th, Lowry was two in front again and maintained that advantage with a superb par save from 20 feet on the 14th after finding a fairway bunker off the tee.

"That was massive," Lowry admitted. "The bunker was pretty dead and even with my pitch I could not go at the flag and just had to hope to hole a long putt."

Watson closed within a shot once more thanks to a brilliant birdie on the 17th, following a wild drive with a superb approach up and over a tree to within seven feet of the hole.

A drive of 379 yards down the 18th gave Watson the chance of another birdie, but this time his approach finished 25 feet from the hole and the left-hander had to settle for par.

The resulting 66 set the clubhouse target at nine under par and left Lowry needing to par the final two holes for victory. He held his nerve to hole from five feet on the 17th but looked to be in trouble when he pulled his tee shot on the last into the trees.

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