Needing a big week to make the FedEx Cup playoffs, Shane Lowry came up with a huge round at the Wyndham Championship on Friday.
As we mentioned earlier this week, Shane Lowry needed to have a big week at the Wyndham Championship to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs. On Friday, he went a long way in the right direction.
Lowry, who entered this week at 131st in the FedEx Cup standings, outside of the top 125 that will make the playoffs. Those standings will be finalized at the end of this week’s event, so the time was now for Lowry to make his move.
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After shooting a 2-under par 68 on Thursday, Lowry came through in a big way on Friday. And now, the playoffs are within his grasp.
Friday’s round did not start off great for the defending Champion Golfer of the Year. Starting on the back nine, he parred the 10th hole before recording a bogey on number 11. He would par the 12th and sat at 1-over par through three holes of action.
That’s when Lowry started to get dialed in. He birdied the 13th hole to get back to even par, then had a par on the 14th hole. Lowry followed that with birdies on the 15th and 16th holes and suddenly, he was 2-under on his round. That’s where he would finish the back nine after parring the 17th and 18th holes.
Lowry would par the first hole before a birdie at the second hole moved him to 3-under on his round. He then parried the par-3 third hole.
Then, the fireworks really started. Lowry birdied the fourth hole and then, on the par-5 fifth hole, he hit his second shot within seven feet. He ran in the putt for eagle to get to 6-under on the day.
Pars on the sixth and seventh holes followed before his final birdie of the day came at the eighth hole. A par on number nine gave him a 5-under par 30 on his final nine and an 18-hole score of 63. Lowry tied Chris Baker and Jason Kokrak for the low round of the day on Friday.
Lowry is currently tied for fifth place, just one shot behind the quartet of leaders. If the tournament ended as it currently stands, the big redhead would make the FedEx Cup playoffs, as he sits in 99th place at the moment.
There are still 18 holes of golf left this weekend, but Lowry has positioned himself to make the playoff field. Giving himself a chance was the first goal. Holding onto it now becomes his mission.