Ireland’s Shane Lowry has given himself a huge boost in his bid to keep his PGA Tour Card.
The Offaly man shot a fine round of 67 (-5) at the RBC Canadian Open in Ontario on Friday, jumping more than 55 places for a share of 12th place after the second round.
The need for Lowry to have a strong tournament has been evident here, as he is currently battling to keep his tour card. The 31-year-old has just a handful of remaining events to climb from 172nd to the required 125th in the FedEX race – rounds like this, though, will make that aim much more achievable.
As it stands, he is currently set to move up eleven places to 161st (though that could still change over the course of the weekend).
Lowry’s strong display here comes against the added headache of a recent split with his caddie. Shane’s brother Alan has stepped into the breach for the next few weeks, however, to minimise the factor of the unknown as much as he possibly can.
As such, Lowry has performed much better than at the same event 12 months ago, when he missed the cut at the same Glen Abbey venue.
His round today puts him at -7 for the tournament overall at the halfway point, well inside the top 20 but still some distance behind leader Kevin Tway at -13 (at the time of writing).