Saturday, June 18, 2016

Shane Lowry suffers one-stroke penalty

at U.S. Open

  • Despite his penalty on 16, Shane Lowry played the final 11 holes of his second round in 2 under par. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)Despite his penalty on 16, Shane Lowry played the final 11 holes of his second round in 2 under par. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OAKMONT, Pittsburgh. – Shane Lowry was just two strokes off the lead as the U.S. Open’s third round begins, but the Irishman could have been even closer to leader Dustin Johnson.
Lowry suffered a one-stroke penalty when his ball moved after he addressed it on the 16th hole, his seventh hole of Saturday’s second round. Lowry is 2 under par after shooting 68-70 in his first two rounds at Oakmont.
He made bogey on his first hole of the second round, the par-4 10th, then made five consecutive pars before arriving at the par-3 16th. Lowry selected a 6-iron for his tee shot, and hit his ball 30 feet from the hole.
“I had a straightforward two-putt from 30 feet up the hill,” he said. “I addressed the ball and the ball moved back. I had to penalize myself. It’s very frustrating in a tournament like that.”
He called himself “immature” for hitting his birdie putt too quickly after the penalty. He avoided further damage by making an 8-foot bogey putt, though.
“I think if I would have missed that, it would have been difficult to get back from there,” he said. “(If) I miss that, all of a sudden I’m over par for the tournament. When you get over par, you start to think, ‘Where can I pick up a birdie?’ And you might start forcing it. So that was big for me.”
He played his final 11 holes in 2 under par, making nine pars and birdies at Nos. 4 and 6.
Lowry, 29, is playing his fourth U.S. Open. He missed the cut in his first two appearances (2011, ’14), but finished T9 last year at Chambers Bay. He has finished in the top 10 twice in 13 major starts; he also finished T9 in the 2014 Open Championship. Lowry had missed the cut in six of 13 majors before this week.
He won his first US PGA TOUR title last year at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Lowry also owns two European Tour wins; he won the 2009 Irish Open while still an amateur and claimed the 2012 Portugal Masters.
Lowry is No. 41 in the Official World Golf Ranking.





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