Shane Lowry has been a high-floor, low-ceiling type of player this year. It’s why I couldn’t leave him out of this week’s top 10, but it’s hard to make the case for him to win this week.
Working in his favor is familiarity with Sedgefield. This will be the Irishman’s sixth trip to Greensboro. He’s missed just one cut and took T-7th (67-74-67-67) in 2017 and T-23rd (68-63-70-67) in 2020.
“I love it here. It’s nice to come to this golf course after the course we played last week,” Lowry was transcribed in 2020 by Tee Scripts talking about TPC Harding Park.
"“I feel like the course we played last week was just stand on every tee and whip driver out and hit as hard as you can whereas this course you have to kind of think your way around and I like that type of golf, so it’s nice to be here.”"
Lowry boldly took last week’s 3M Open off despite sitting in 73rd in the FedEx Cup standings. Top 70 qualify for next week’s FedEx Cup Playoff opener, the FedEx St. Jude Championship. He dropped three spots.
He’s got a lot to play for and will be rightly fired up after a rare missed cut in his last start. And it was at The Open Championship. At that.
It snapped a streak of six straight made cuts, five of which were top-20s. Lowry was top-20 in all three other majors.
He has yet to win on the PGA Tour, hence his middling FedEx Cup rank. However, he did win late in 2022 at the DP World Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.
Lowry is eighth on the PGA Tour in total driving, ranking 70th in distance (303.3) and 30th in accuracy (63.99%). He is equipped to bite off a little more on some holes this week without sacrificing fairways.
He’s 29th in total strokes gained per round (.875) and 21st in SG off-the-tee (.955).