Lowry finds form again in Portugal

Thursday, 27 September 2018

SHANE Lowry found something close to his best form as he played well and contended in the Portugal Masters in Dom Pedro Victoria golf course at Vilamoura last weekend.
Lowry finished sixth, earning €70,000, as he bids to finish a traumatic season on a high. The Clara man was dismayed to lose his PGA Tour card in America but he has focussed on getting back to basics and rediscovering his form in the closing weeks of the season.
As Tiger Woods made a stunning comeback by winning the Tour Championship in America, Lowry will have been quietly pleased about the way he went about his business in Portugal.
Lowry won the Portugal Masters in 2012 for his first win as a professional - he had won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 - and he clearly enjoys playing in Vilamoura.
He gave himself an outside chance of victory going into Sunday's final round but ultimately, there were too many players ahead of him as England's Tom Lewis won on -22 with Lowry six back on -16.
There were still a huge amount of positives for Lowry. Top of the list was the fact that he shot four sub par rounds and this should do his confidence a lot of good.
He didn't make that many mistakes over the four rounds, only registering six bogeys while he got 22 birdies. He didn't manage any eagles on the three par fives but he also kept double bogeys off his card and it was very consistent good golf by him.
Lowry had his best round on Thursday as he shot a great -7 64 with a whopping nine birdies and two bogeys. On Friday, the headlines were captured by England's Oliver Fisher when he shot the European Tour's first sub 60 round when hitting 59 while Lowry couldn't repeat the previous days heroics. He had a -2 69 while on Saturday, he recorded a -3 67, finishing with two crucial birdies to keep himself in the hunt.
Lowry dug deep on Sunday with a -4 67. He had five birdies and one bogey but needed to go very low to win or players to come back. It was never likely that enough players would come back on a high scoring course but Lowry will still be happy with the way he played.
He will have a week off now as the Ryder Cup takes place in France and on October 4, he will be in Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - played over three of Scotland's most revered courses, the old course at St Andrew's, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.


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