The 150th Open: Shane Lowry delivers a tough self-assessment after disappointing the back nine on day three | golf news


Shane Lowry was disappointed in his day despite magnificent Eagles midway through the third round.

A self-deprecating Shane Lowry admitted he was “as disappointed as I’ve been in a long time” after struggling to cash in on successive eagles with a lackluster back nine on day three at The 150th Open.

The huge Irish support for the 2019 Open champion was rewarded with one of the moments of the day when their man eagled the 9th and 10th holes to close in on the favourites.

That flurry, however, had anything but the desired effect, as he weaved three bogeys between five par holes over the next seven before restoring order with a birdie to close out the 18th.

It would leave him seven under and ruining what could have been.

Shane Lowry jumped to -7 and then -9 on the leaderboard after hitting two spectacular shots for eagles on the 9th and 10th holes!

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Shane Lowry jumped to -7 and then -9 on the leaderboard after hitting two spectacular shots for eagles on the 9th and 10th holes!

Shane Lowry jumped to -7 and then -9 on the leaderboard after hitting two spectacular shots for eagles on the 9th and 10th holes!

“It was great and a lot of fun when those two came in,” Lowry said. “But the rest of the day was not so pleasant.

“Look, I feel like I played well, but I don’t think so. I wouldn’t need Einstein to figure out what went wrong for the last nine holes. My putt was horrible.”

“To be honest, I’m very disappointed because I worked very hard and work very hard to put myself in those positions, and I’m as disappointed as I have been in a long time.”

“I wasn’t going to get in here, to be honest, but it’s tough. You feel like you’re there, like you have a good shot. I shot a low one for the last seven holes and I’m very optimistic about my chances going into tomorrow.” Now I have no chance. It’s very disappointing.”

Shane Lowry lines up his putt at 18 on day three of The Open

Shane Lowry lines up his putt at 18 on day three of The Open

Despite the setback, Lowry believes he’s still playing well enough, which may be the root of his frustration heading into Sunday.

“My game has been good enough all week,” he said. “To be honest, I think it’s a credit to my game the way I fought to be in the top 20 before Sunday around here.

“So yeah, I’m pretty optimistic that if I figure something out, I might score tomorrow. But I’m doing my best.”

“Like, I don’t have the answer. I don’t have the answer. If I did, I wouldn’t need to go to the green right now. But it’s tough. This game is tough sometimes.”

Fleetwood: I have a chance

Tommy Fleetwood believes his third-round six-under 66 keeps him in contention heading into the final round of The Open

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Tommy Fleetwood believes his third-round six-under 66 keeps him in contention heading into the final round of The Open

Tommy Fleetwood believes his third-round six-under 66 keeps him in contention heading into the final round of The Open

Meanwhile, Tommy Fleetwood continued his run throughout the week to stay in the mix by shooting a round of 66 to improve to nine under par.

It comes after a round of 72 on the opening day followed by a 69 in the second round, three birdies in his last five holes which are a welcome boost after a difficult period in the middle of the day.

“Day one was really disappointing, we had a good start time on day one and good conditions and we didn’t make the most of it,” he told Sky Sports. “So that was a disappointing day and then I felt like yesterday I really played really well, I didn’t feel like it was that easy yesterday but I felt like something was going a little bit and I would have loved to have finished better on 17 and 18 but I felt like I played well. Yesterday.

“And then today when we were sitting at breakfast, everyone seemed to be doing birdies everywhere.

“I had a great start, the middle stretch was a little bit frustrating because you’re thinking nine, 10, 11, 12, I played those in one and then I came back to finish well. I played well, I was happy today.

“There’s a low score here, it’s obviously not in my hands at the moment. All I could do was try to stay there today.”

“Definitely putts on 15, up and down 17, putts on 18, they feel crucial to keep some kind of chance. But it definitely kept me with a chance and we’ll see, I just want to do the best I can every day.

“I would love to have the opportunity to get to the back nine tomorrow. It’s very special to still be in and among them.”

Fleetwood notably matched Lowry when the Irishman beat him to victory at the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, with the Briton second at nine under par and six shots behind in what marked the closest he has ever come to a major title. in his carrer.

Could you take any lessons from that occasion in the final round?

“I think my experience of playing on a Sunday, I didn’t win or anything, but I felt like I did a good job, with Shane on the side,” he said. “Shane was exceptional on that particular day. The more you’re out there on a Sunday and racing, the better chance you have of getting over the line.”

“I think that’s all you can really keep doing and keep focusing. It’s good to play well again. We’ll see. Portrush feels like a long time ago right now. But right now and in the current situation, I feel like I’ve been gradually improving, gradually building a bit of momentum, and the results have been slowly coming.

“How my game has held up so much better through four rounds than it has last year when it wasn’t in the offing in any way. So it’s good to try again and see what we can do.”

Fitzpatrick: Who knows what could happen?

Matthew Fitzpatrick explained on Friday that the victory at the US Open has given him the confidence to believe that he can win anything, from any position.

That remained the case at the end of the third round, and while he admitted it might depend on the mistakes around him, he refused to give up chasing the lead pack after sitting tied for eighth at nine-under-par seven. blows behind leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland.

“Obviously seven back at the moment, which is plenty. But this golf course would apparently make it a seven. Yeah, this golf course is one you can play low on,” Fitzpatrick said.

“Obviously the only problem is that most of the low scores tend to come in the morning when the greens are soft. Tomorrow it’s going to be harder. I’ll need the guys to come back to me. But if I get off to a good start, who knows?” ?

“I’ve never won from seven behind before, so there’s always a first time. But I think, looking at the golf course, how it’s played in the afternoon, they have to come back to me, in my opinion.

“It’s hard for me to make a real charge without someone else up there also doing the same thing. I think that’s how you play on the golf course.”

Watch the final round of The 150th Open from 8am on Sunday live on Sky Sports The Open. There will be plenty of extra red button action on Sky Sports The Open, alongside Sky Q and Sky Glass, with Featured Groups and Featured Holes available to enjoy as the world’s best players take on the House of Golf.

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