Aug 10th, 2015
Lowry Lands Big Win
Irishman Takes WGC Title From Bubba!!!
Words: Conor Froud Photography: Getty Images
Irish eyes were smiling on a thrilling final day of action at the Bridgestone International, and after several twists and turns a surprising winner came out on top. With over night leaders Jim Furyk and Justin Rose struggling to final round 72’s, it was left to Ireland's Shane Lowry to pick up the victory, with a final round of 66 at Firestone Country Club South.
It became a shootout between Lowry, and the in form Bubba Watson a birdie at the second, and then again at the eighth, was enough to get Shane into a share for the lead. However, the tenth was where the tournament was really won. After a wayward tee shot he hit a miraculous recovery shot which he would make birdie from which allowed him to take a two shot lead from the chasing pack.
Bubba birdied to get within a shot of the lead playing 18, and hit a 379 yard drive down the last, but Shane Lowry then did this. Seriously take a bow son.
It's Lowry's first win this year. The guy is a total GolfPunk. He's cool under pressure, just watch those shots from the trees to prove that, and has a really casual attitude on the course. Shane is a larger than life character and best of all he loves Guinness! What a week for the big man from Ireland, and with it he's got a three year PGA Tour exemption.
Englishman Justin Rose, who had a brilliant round three, struggled in his final round. He collapsed to a round of 72 leaving him on seven under par and four shots off the winner.
Jim Furyk also struggled on the final day after making the turn in plus one. A birdie on the 11th looked to spark his round into action but following that with two bogeys on the 12th and the 18th, it meant that Furyk would only tie for third with Justin Rose on the final day of this World Golf Championship.
The English trio of Danny Willett, Lee Westwood and Paul Casey finished on one under par and after a strong end to the tournament. Casey finished with a three under par round of 67 showing some serious form ahead of next week's final major.
America's Rickie Fowler and World Number two Jordan Speith finished at four under par and in a tie for tenth place. Speith shot a sensational round of four under par including six birdies and two bogeys, leaving him in good form as favourite going into the final major next week - the PGA Championship.