SHANE Lowry was unable to fight his way into contention at golf's biggest event so far this season last weekend, the World Golf Championship Mexico Championship in Mexico City.
Delighted to make the field here after getting into the world's top fifty when winning the Abu Dhabi Championship a few weeks ago, Lowry fought hard but just couldn't live with the red hot pace set by the very impressive run away winner, Dustin Johnson who had five shots to spare over second placed Rory McIlroy.
With no cut in operation for the 72 strong field, Lowry got the four rounds of golf but his finish of 9 over par was a whopping thirty shots behind Johnson who burnt up the course and won on -21.
The Clara professional finished in joint 62nd and earned €44,533 but didn't manage to get the avalanche of birdies that he needed.
He played his best golf in Thursday's opening round with a -1 70 that included five birdies and four bogeys but that was his only sub par round and he had double bogeys in his three remaining rounds.
His chances of getting into contention were done and dusted on Friday when he hada 5 over 76, hitting a double bogey 7 on the 16th, five bogeys and two birdies. He steadied the ship a bit on Saturday with a 1 over 72, having a double on the par three 7th to go with three birdies and two bogeys.
In Sunday's final round, another double bogey on the 7th and a treble bogey eight on the 15th sabotaged his chances of moving up the leader board as he also had three birdies and two bogeys in a 4 over 75.