‘Just got stolen away from me today’ – Shane Lowry trying on the brilliant aspect after being pipped for Honda Classic
Shane Lowry was trying on the positives after he overcame a five-stroke deficit with Daniel Berger solely to be pipped on the put up by Austrian Sepp Straka for the Honda Classic in Florida.
he burly Offaly man (34) mentioned on the eve of the ultimate spherical that he would have an opportunity to sneak his sixth profession title if he might chisel out a three-under 67 or perhaps a 66.
He did the previous, giving full reign to his repertory of pictures across the Champion Course at PGA National in his adopted West Palm Beach dwelling as he bid to win for the primary time since he lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush greater than two and a half years in the past.
But it was not fairly sufficient as Straka (28) birdied three of his final 5 holes, coming dwelling in 32 to put up a 10-under goal with a closing, four-under 66 and declare his maiden title.
Lowry wanted a birdie 4 on the 533-yard 18th to drive a playoff, however Lady Luck turned her again on him and heavy rain lashed the course as he drove on the 18th.
His drive got here up brief in left tough and after being pressured to put up from there, he pulled his 114-yard wedge 44 toes left and two-putted for a bogey-free 67 and second place on nine-under ($872,000).
It was nonetheless a laudable efficiency from Lowry, who was 5 strokes behind US Ryder Cup star Berger beginning the day, tied for second with Straka, Chris Kirk and Kurt Kitayama on six-under-par.
“Yeah, that is the sport, sadly,” Lowry mentioned afterwards. “I performed the golf, adequate golf I felt to win the event. That unhealthy climate got here in simply as we have been hitting our tee shot on 18, which was as unhealthy a break as I’ve obtained shortly.
“Yeah, it is a robust one to take. There is clearly a variety of positives to take from the entire occasion. You know, I in all probability performed a few of the greatest golf of my entire profession this week, I really feel, round a really robust golf course. And, you already know, I’ll take that into The Players (in two weeks), and hopefully, I can have an excellent week there.”
He took benefit of a stuttering begin by Berger, who would fade to fourth after a 74, to assert a share of the lead after simply six holes.
He then moved two pictures clear with six holes to play earlier than Straka birdied the 14th, sixteenth and 18th to pip him on the put up.
Lowry’s begin was key as he watched a 16 footer topple into the opening in its final roll for birdie on the first, then discovered himself simply two adrift when Berger ran up a double-bogey seven on the third after hooking into the timber and plugging his third in a greenside bunker.
The Irish star fired a wedge to 3 toes on the fourth to cut back the hole to a single stroke, then drew degree by burying a seven-footer for par on the 182-yard fifth the place Berger three-putted from 50 toes.
Berger holed a bunker shot for a two on the seventh to rejoin Lowry within the lead.
But whereas Lowry finally rolled in a 14 footer on the eleventh to go one clear, then discovered himself two forward when Berger bogeyed the twelfth, he missed a slippery 12 footer on the sixteenth, obtained up and down from left of the seventeenth for par however could not birdie the final as heavy rain started to fall.
“I used to be prepared for something on the market at this time,” Lowry mentioned, explaining he’d gone via all of it along with his coach Neil Manchip. “I really feel like mentally I’m superb on the minute.
“And, yeah, earlier than I knew I used to be main the golf event. It was nice. I actually loved it. Quite nerve-wracking. It’s a troublesome place to be. I felt like I dealt with myself nicely. Just obtained stolen away from me at this time.”
He might look again on the four-foot birdie putt he missed on the eighth, however in reality, he was outplayed down the stretch by Straka and might look to his spectacular ball-striking as a purpose to be optimistic when he reappears at TPC Sawgrass in a fortnight.
Only Straka hit the ball higher from tee to inexperienced, ending first for strokes gained off the tee, first for fairways hit and tied first for greens hit in regulation.
Lowry was fourth for strokes gained off the tee, second for strokes gained tee to inexperienced, tied fourth for fairways hit, third for strategy play and tied fourth for greens hit in regulation.
He was additionally second for scrambling and sixteenth for strokes gained placing after taking 30 putts within the final two rounds.
With just a little extra luck on the greens, he might need claimed victory, nevertheless it’s nonetheless early within the season and after enjoying within the closing group twice in his first 4 outings, he will likely be feeling assured concerning the season forward.
As for his profitable drought stretching to 935 days, he mentioned: “Yeah, it is exhausting to win out right here. It’s simply exhausting. End of story. There isn’t any level saying any completely different.
“You exit like I did at this time; I performed the golf to win the event however did not win. So simply PGA Tour and the highest degree of world golf, the usual could be very excessive on the minute. Yeah, simply exhausting.”
Admitting he was gutted, he mentioned: “Like the subsequent 24 hours will likely be robust, however my children are right here and my household. I’ll get on with my life tomorrow, and I’ll be effective.”