Despite a poor season by his standards, Shane Lowry is putting in a tremendous showing at the PGA Championship.
The Irishman has won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and finished second in the 2016 U.S. Open, but his form this year hasn’t suggested in the slightest that he could replicate those performances.
Lowry is saving the best for last though, and he is right at the business end of the leaderboard on the final major day of the year.
Starting just four shots off leader Brooks Koepka, Lowry’s 19 foot birdie on the first was followed by a bogey on the fifth after his approach went into the greenside bunker.
After three pars, a glorious approach on the ninth got to within just two feet of the hole, getting him to nine under.
— PGA of America (@PGA) August 12, 2018
A bogey on ten after a three putt was negated by a 23 foot putt for birdie on the 12th, though viewers were left frustrated that many of Lowry’s shots weren’t being shown in the midst of a controversial week concerning coverage of this event.
Shane Lowry is in contention so it would be great to see him in the coverage.
Irish Golf Fans
— Tom Kennedy (@TomKGolf) August 12, 2018
Shane Lowry birdied the 2nd, and is now tied for 2nd place. Shame we didn't see it because they were showing an interview of a grown man dressed in Rickie Fowler gear. @ElevenSports_UK #PGAChampionship
— N.M. Jackson ?⚪️⚫️ (@njackson118) August 12, 2018
They had no choice but to show another of his monster putts on the 13th, however.
The tee shot left over 50 feet to get to ten under and into the top six, but Lowry rose to the challenge.
Even if the Offaly fan favourite doesn’t pull of the win, he is going a long way towards securing his PGA Tour card for next year. He is currently projected to be 130th in the FedEx Cup standings with just one qualifying tournament left next week, just five positions outside the all important top 125.
Lowry is four shots behind Koepka with four holes to play.