Shane Lowry fired six birdies in a five-under-66 race, including four in his final eight holes, to a top 10 finish at 11- at RBC Heritage in Harbor Town. under par.
“I’m pretty happy with it, but I’m going to go away and see what if this week because I obviously got two very good results and was pretty poor yesterday,” said Lowry. who shot 72 on Saturday.
He took two weeks off before returning to the Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island, adding, “I’ve done a lot of birdies this week. I probably made enough birdies to win the tournament, but I just made too many mistakes on Thursday and Saturday. “
On the European Tour, the reigning Dubai Duty Free Irish Open champion John Catlin won the Austrian Golf Open and his third European Tour title within seven months when he beat the German Maximilian Kieffer with a bogey on the fifth hole dramatic sudden death defeated game start,
The American (30) finished with a seven-under-65 against Kieffers 66 in cold conditions at the Diamond Country Club, where he scored against 14-under, three shots ahead of Martin Kaymer as Cormac Sharvin (71) with two under 28 took 28th place, Paul Dunne (71) shot 33 further back.
But after Kieffer (30) tried to put a hand on the trophy by going on its third run Drained a 35-foot birdie on the 184-yard-18 course, Catlin knocked on a tester for both of his and then produced some miraculous sand except on the fourth extra hole to stay alive.
It all ended when Kieffer hit the water three times on her five th trip took place with sudden death on the 18th and ran a fivefold eight on Catlin’s bogey four. The American won the Irish Open last September in difficult conditions at Galgorm Castle and he admitted the experience was available to him yesterday. “I would say the conditions were similar,” said Catlin, who is in falls into the world’s top 80, guaranteeing him his first major start in the PGA championship next month.
Meanwhile, West Waterford’s Seamus Power went into the final round of the MGM Resorts Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour last night in Las Vegas and finished fourth, just three strokes behind leader Peter Uihlein.
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Leona Maguire was “proud” to finish strong and to secure a place as the best runner-up behind Lydia Ko at the LOTTE championship of the LPGA in Hawaii.
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