The 150th Open: Shane Lowry offers harsh self-assessment after disappointing back nine on day three | Golf News


Shane Lowry was disappointed with his day despite stunning eagles midway through round three

A self-critical Shane Lowry admitted he was “as disappointed as I have been in a long time” after struggling to capitalize on successive eagles with a lackluster back nine on day three of the 150th Open.

The huge Irish support for the 2019 Open champion was rewarded with one of the periods of the day when their man hit the ninth and tenth holes to close in on the frontrunners.

That flurry, however, had less than its intended effect as he weaved three bogeys between five par holes over the next seven before restoring some order with a birdie to close out the 18.

It would leave him seven cents and ruin what might have been.

Shane Lowry went to -7 then -9 in the standings after hitting two spectacular chip shots for the Eagles on the 9th and 10th holes!

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Shane Lowry went to -7 then -9 in the standings after hitting two spectacular chip shots for the Eagles on the 9th and 10th holes!

Shane Lowry went to -7 then -9 in the standings after hitting two spectacular chip shots for the Eagles on the 9th and 10th holes!

“It was pretty cool and it was 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 Einstein should figure out what was wrong on the back nine. My putt was horrible.

“I’m so disappointed to be honest because I’ve worked so hard, and I’m working so hard to get into these positions, and I’m as disappointed as I have been in a long time.

“To be honest, I wasn’t going to come here, but it’s just tough. You feel like you’re here, like you have a good chance. I shoot a sub for the last seven holes and I’ I’m very optimistic about my chances for tomorrow. Now I don’t have a chance. It’s just very disappointing.”

Shane Lowry lines up his putt on Day 18 of the Open

Shane Lowry lines up his putt on Day 18 of the Open

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

“My game has been pretty good all week,” he said. “To be honest, I think the way I fought to be in the top 20 going into Sunday here is a credit to my game.

“So, yeah, I’m pretty optimistic that if I find something I might get a score tomorrow. But I’m trying my best.

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

Fleetwood: I have a chance

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

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

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

Meanwhile, Tommy Fleetwood continued his trajectory throughout the week to stay in the game shooting a round 66 to move to nine under.

It comes after a round of 72 on the opening day followed by 69 in the second round, with three birdies in its final five holes coming as a welcome boost after a tough midday spell.

“Day one was really disappointed, we had a good start time on day one and good conditions and we didn’t take advantage of that at all,” he told Sky Sports. “So it was a disappointing day and then I felt like yesterday I played really well, I didn’t feel like it was that easy yesterday but I felt like something was going a bit and I wish I had finished better on 17 and 18, but I felt like I played well yesterday.

“And then today, as we sat having lunch, everyone seemed to be birdies everywhere.

“I got off to a good start, the middle stretch was a bit frustrating because you think nine, 10, 11, 12, I played those in one and then a good finish again. I did well played, I was happy today.

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

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

“I would love to have a chance to drop in the back nine tomorrow. It’s very special to still be in and among that.”

Fleetwood was notably linked with Lowry when the Irishman beat him to victory at The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush, with the Briton second on nine under and six strokes back in what scored the closest to a major title in his career.

Could he learn from this opportunity until 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 aside,” he said. declared. “Shane was outstanding that day. The longer you are out there on a Sunday and competing, the more likely you are to end up crossing the line.

“I think that’s all you can really keep doing and keep focusing. It’s nice to be playing well again. We’ll see. Like Portrush feels like a long time ago right now. But for At the moment and in the current situation, I feel like I am gradually improving, gradually gaining some momentum and the results are slowly coming.

“How my game held up much better through the four rounds than it did last year when I was nowhere in sight. So it’s nice to be able to start again and see what we can TO DO.”

Watch the final round of the 150th Open from 8am Sunday live on Sky Sports The Open. There will be plenty of extra red button action on Sky Sports The Open, as well as Sky Q and Sky Glass, with featured bands and featured holes available for the world’s best players to tackle home golf.

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