Shane Lowry hopes for final victory after a difficult Saturday at the PGA Championship
SHANE Lowry looks forward to ending with his weak round of the week after getting the worst weather for the third straight day to stay in the field at the US PGA Championship in a wet and windy Southern Hills.
he Clara man, who has the longest active cut-streak in the majors with 12 straight, made two birdies and three bogeys in a one-over-71 and tied for 36th place in the clubhouse with three over par, four shots behind Webb Simpson. who set a one-under goal with a stunning 65.
“It was fine,” said Lowry, who bogeyed the par 3 to turn in an over, then followed up a birdie on the 12th with back-to-back bogeys after hitting clay on the 15th and 16th had visited on the green before picking up a shot on the wheeled 17th, spurting out to six feet.
“I wanted to go out and try to shoot a two-under. I felt like if I could get to par or even under par I could sniff the conditions a bit tomorrow.
“It was just so hard to hit it close and so hard to birdie. Then I let some sloppy bogeys come in.
“I think a big goal for tomorrow would be to get back in the red for the tournament.
“So four under, that would be a good result for me tomorrow. If I can go out and get a decent result and get something out of the week then I’ll be really happy.”
Lowry had the worst weather across all three laps but he refused to apologize.
“I got up first and I think I had about 80 yards to the flag yesterday and I had to go for 210 yards this morning so that was a little eye opener right away,” he joked.
“It was a grind and a fight. I’m not going to stand here and apologize. It was quite frustrating sitting at home watching golf yesterday afternoon I have to say. But it is what it is.
“You take the rough with the smooth and kind of move on. Obviously about 80 guys in the field got the bad side of the draw and I’m one of them.
“It’s disappointing and hard to win a Major from the bad side of the draw. But some guys up there were on my side of the draw so it was irreversible.”
Referring to his streak of 12 straight cuts in majors, one more than Jon Rahm, he said, “I wouldn’t look at 12 cuts, I would look at a win in the last 12. I would take 11 missed cuts and win anytime.”
Tiger Woods has been limping to his highest round since suffering serious leg injuries in a car accident 15 months ago while signing for a 9-over par 79.
PGA champion at Southern Hills in 2007, he made the second bogey, then dropped nine shots in eight holes and finished last in a field of 79 players with 12-overs.
He made a 13-foot for par on the first but found water off the second tee, then triple bogeyed the sixth par-3 after finding more water off the tee and missing the green with his third from the drop zone.
He then bogeyed the seventh before making five straight bogeys in a major for the first time in his career before shooting back on the 15th.
When asked if he had a hard time getting ready in time to deal with the cool, rainy conditions in Tulsa due to the fast overnight lap, he said, “Well, it’s not bad. I just didn’t play well. I didn’t hit the ball very well and didn’t get the start I needed.
“I thought I hit a good tee shot and hit two down and ended up in the water and I just never really had any momentum on my side.”
On his run of nine drop shots in eight holes starting in the sixth and five straight bogeys starting in the ninth, he said, “Well, I couldn’t get off the bogey train or any train there.
“Like I said, I just didn’t — I didn’t do anything right. I didn’t get a lot of good shots. As a result, I ended up with a pretty high score.”
Wood’s highest score in a Major remains the 10 to 81 he scored in strong winds in the third round of the Open at Muirfield in 2002.
Requiring ice baths and physical therapy between rounds to mobilize his right leg, which was held together by pins and screws, he hoped to be ready for the final round.
“Well, I’m sore,” he said. “I know that’s a fact. We’ll do some work and see how it goes.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/shane-lowry-hoping-for-final-flourish-after-difficult-saturday-at-pga-championship-41674723.html Shane Lowry hopes for final victory after a difficult Saturday at the PGA Championship