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Shane Lowry Posts His Best Finish In Almost A Year At Portugal Masters

He was unable to push the eventual winner, but it’s been a hugely positive week for Shane Lowry.

The Irishman has endured a tough season, and having lost his PGA Tour card last month, he is likely to spend more time on the European Tour for the foreseeable future.

After today’s result, that avenue could prove to be a good one for 2019.

Rounds of 64, 69 and 68 put Lowry on 12 under and within the top ten heading into Sunday’s final round, albeit seven shots off leader Lucas Herbert.

Two birdies in the first three holes got Lowry to within six of the lead, but he was matched in his hot start by England’s Tom Lewis, who went out in 31 to get to -21.

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A bogey on hole ten for Lewis and birdies on both the ninth and tenth holes for Lowry briefly saw the Offaly native go just four behind with much of the back nine still to play.

That would be as close as he would get to contending though, as a dropped shot on 14 which was negated on the next hole with a birdie, comprising the remainder of Lowry’s back nine, for a final round 67 and -16 total.

Pars on all three par fives today was typical of his week on those opportune holes and really throttled the 31-year-old’s challenge, making just three birdies and bogeying them twice throughout the week.

At -22, Lewis had just a one shot lead on the 18th tee, but a double bogey six from Herbert meant a sizable three shot win in the end for the Englishman, who won this event previously in 2011 – his only European Tour victory until now.

Lowry finished in solo sixth, his best result since the prestigious DP World Tour Championship where he was runner-up to Jon Rahm.

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