Lowry hits the big time at Bridgestone

Shane Lowry won the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC

Shane Lowry wins WGC - Bridgestone Invitational
Shane Lowry wins WGC - Bridgestone Invitational
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Shane Lowry of Ireland fired a final round of 66 to secure the biggest win of his career at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio.

Shane Lowry of Ireland fired a final round of 66 to secure the biggest win of his career at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio.

The Irishman played an error-free round on Sunday to catch and pass overnight leaders Jim Furyk and Justin Rose. With the victory Lowry has moved into the top-20 on the Official World Golf Ranking and to fourth place on the 2015 Race to Dubai.

In an invitational event featuring the best players in world golf, this could be a life-changing victory for the young Irishman.

“I know it will stay with me now for the rest of my career, and hopefully I've got a long career ahead of me,” he said. “To shoot 11 under par on this golf course just shows a lot about my game, that it is good enough to compete at any level.”

Lowry began the final round two shots behind 54-hole leaders Justin Rose and Jim Furyk but he erased that deficit with two birdies in his first eight holes. When he birdied the 10th, he took a two shot lead over the pack as both Furyk and Rose had stumbled.

In the end it was Bubba Watson who pushed Lowry closest and the left-hander got within one with a birdie on the 17th. But the Irishman held firm and he finished with a birdie on the home hole to take the title by two shots with Watson alone in second. It was a pretty incredible closing birdie for Lowry as he fired his approach to the 18th through a tree and stopped his ball just 10 feet from the cup.

Shane Lowry swing sequence:

Lowry will go into next week’s USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits full of confidence that he can compete with, and beat, the top players in the world.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said.

Overnight leaders Furyk and Rose dropped back into a tie for third, both men closed with rounds of 72. It was a disappointing day for Rose and one where he struggled with the putter.

“I had a hard day on the greens,” he said. “An early three putt made me tentative with the putter. I did enough from tee to green but the putter was under pressure.”

Jordan Spieth finished strongly at Firestone and closed with a 66, he moved up into a tie for 10th place with fellow American Rickie Fowler. It was a fifth straight top-10 finish for Spieth.

WGC – Bridgestone Invitational Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio Aug 6-9 Purse: $9,250,000, par 70

1    Shane Lowry (Ire)    70    66    67    66    269    $1,570,000 2    Bubba Watson (USA)    70    66    69    66    271    $930,000 T3    Jim Furyk (USA)        66    66    69    72    273    $470,000 T3    Justin Rose (Eng)        67    71    63    72    273    $470,000 5    Robert Streb (USA)    68    70    68    68    274    $330,000 T6    Brooks Koepka (USA)    69    69    68    69    275    $219,000 T6    Danny Lee (NZL)        65    72    70    68    275    $219,000 T6    David Lingmerth (Swe)    70    71    66    68    275    $219,000 T6    Henrik Stenson (Swe)    68    69    68    70    275    $219,000 T10    Rickie Fowlwer (USA)    67    72    70    67    276    $149,500 T10    Jordan Spieth (USA)    70    68    72    66    276    $149,500

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?