Consecutive Birdies Propel Shane Lowry Into The Weekend at Irish Open

Shane Lowry, 2022 Horizon Irish Open, (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Shane Lowry, 2022 Horizon Irish Open, (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) /

Shane Lowry was looking at an early exit at the 2022 Horizon Irish Open on Friday before he rattled off a birdie on each of his final four holes of the day.

Shane Lowry had famously won the Irish Open back in 2009 as an amateur. Without Rory McIlroy in the field this year, the 2019 Open Champion Lowry was the highest-ranked player in the field.

Naturally, Lowry was also the betting favorite at around +900.

For the second straight season, the Irish Open is being held at Mount Juliet Hotel and Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus-inspired course in Thomastown, Ireland.

The course traditionally plays easy for golf’s best, it’s where Tiger Woods shot a 25-under par at the WGC American Express in 2002.

After a bogey on the par 4,13th hole, fans couldn’t be sure if Shane Lowry himself would take that bet.

"“Somehow be right, somehow be [expletive] right”,"

Muttered Lowry as he hit an 8-iron approach shot into a left-to-right wind from 179 yards out.

It was right for Shane Lowry in more ways than one.

It was hard to believe it was not a Sunday the way Lowry was showered in cheers from his fellow country people as he sank the 19-foot put to card his fourth birdie in a row.

“I haven’t seen a reaction like that on a Friday in tournament golf as long as I have played,” Seamus Power, Shane Lowry’s playing partner, commented after the round.

"“I’m a long way away. Look, we have decent weather forecast on Sunday. The golf course is probably playing too easy for me to make any sort of a run at this, but I can definitely throw a top ten or a decent finish at it, and that’s what I’m kind of looking at.” Lowry said."

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As stated by the man himself, the 35-year-old Irishman still has some work to do the rest of the weekend. Finishing the day at three-under-par for the tournament, he is eight shots behind the leader.

Regardless, all is right in the world to have Shane Lowry playing through the weekend at his country’s open.