The Open: Shane Lowry blows up ‘terrifying’ putting despite sensational back-to-back eagles

This was not your typical post-match press conference for a golfer who has achieved Open Championship a feat imperfect in 21 years and breaking personal bests.
Despite the incredible back-to-back eagles on St. Andrews Shane Lowry left the Old Course on Saturday with bitter disappointment as a string of missed strikes prevented the Irishman from climbing the leaderboard in the third round.

At the start of the 25th-place four-under-par day, the 2019 champion got off to a steady one-under start before his round came to life on the ninth par-four hole. After a loud kickoff drive put him in a tight spot to the left of the pin, Lowry threw a terrific 43-yard throw for the Eagle.

Just minutes later, the 35-year-old repeated his eagle feat from three yards further, finding the 10th hole from the fairway, which caused a huge roar from the watching crowd.

Lowry celebrates his second eagle in a row on the 10th hole.
This made Lowry, who previously shot just one eagle in 12 years and 548 holes at The Open, become the first golfer since Phil Mickelson at Royal Lytham in 2001 to hit the eagles back-to-back in a major. ESPN statistics and information.
According to the data, since turning pro in 2009, he has only jumped to par-four three times on the PGA Tour. Communications PGA Tour.

Heading into the last eight holes, Lowry’s heroics looked set to out-sell second-round leader Cameron Smith, who was six strokes ahead of him by up to 13 years. However, despite the bird’s finish, three scarecrows on six holes thwarted the Irishman’s attack.

Back at the club, finishing 13th in seven-under after throwing 69, Lowry only briefly touched on his “pretty cool” eagle feat.

“It was fun when the two walked in, but the rest of the day wasn’t as enjoyable,” he told reporters.

“I feel like I played okay, but Einstein didn’t need to figure out what went wrong on the back nine. My attempt was terrible.

“It’s not enough when you put in all those hours every day to give yourself those chances at the last nine of the major on Saturday and Sunday and you don’t compete, you need to be looking at something,” Lowery added.

    Lowry from Ireland looks down on the 13th hole.

Adding that he had planned to spend the day in practice laying down the green next to the 1st tee, Lowry said his performance left him “no chance” of fighting for a second Open victory.

“Honestly, I am so disappointed because I have worked so hard and I work so hard to fill these positions,” he said.

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“If I had scored anything all week, I would still be playing. I would be close to the leaders… my game was pretty good all week. To be honest, I think that this is the merit of my game. I was fighting to get into the top 20 by Sunday.

“I try my best, I have no answer. If I had known, I wouldn’t have to go to the golf course right now. But it’s just hard, this game is hard sometimes.”