Shane Lowry hoped he has done enough to book a maiden trip to the Tour Championship after a 17th hole three-putt bogey left him sitting outside the bubble in 31st place as he came off the course at Wilmington Country Club.
The Clara native shot a three-under 68 to move to eight-under having been stuck on five-under for his last two rounds.
However, with players such as Adam Scott and Corey Conners still on the course in their final round of the BMW Championship he faced an anxious wait.
“Look, that was my main focus going out this morning. I played some great golf today,” said Lowry.
“Disappointing three-putt on 17 and missed a decent chance on the last, but I need some things to go my way this afternoon.
“It was weird, it was so weird out there today, it was like trying to make a cut on a Sunday, and I’m also trying to do well in the tournament. It’s like, it was a strange feeling. Yeah, all in all, I suppose I still have to look at positives from today and this season. I think it’s been a pretty good year for me. I’ve only played 18 events on the PGA TOUR, and to be in this position is pretty good.
“I’ve had some nice finishes, and yeah, we’ll see where this leaves me this afternoon.”
Lowry who was tied 9th as he finished, recovered from an opening bogey with four birdies in a six hole stretch before the turn to move into 28th in the FedEx Cup standings.
A birdie on the par-5 14th strengthened his command on the top-30 but a clumsy three-putt bogey on 17 left him in 30th place before Conners soon knocked him below the bubble and Lowry feels he has hit a groove in his game.
“I hit a great drive down the last and I had 100 yards to the flag and it was an absolute perfect number and I look up, and the scoreboard is right behind the flag, and it’s, Shane Lowry 30, right beside my name. It’s like, okay, let’s not try and — it’s one of those, try and make birdie, and it’s so tricky out there that you kind of just have to play sensible golf, and you can’t really go after much.
“I played great golf today. It’s the best I’ve played in a while, so I’d like to bring that on to East Lake.”
The 35-year-old is no stranger to the big occasion with a major, a WGC and a win in Abu Dhabi on his CV but remarkably he is yet to qualify for the Tour Championship something he feels is more difficult for him due to his commitments on the DP World Tour and the fact his three-year winless drought looks set to continue.
“I think the fact that I play Europe and over here, it’s just so hard to do. Look, obviously Rory does every year and these guys, but Rory is Rory. I think throw five or six more vents in my schedule and I’m guaranteed to be there next week. That’s the disappointing part of it.
“I feel like there’s a lot of things that didn’t go my way this season. I had a few chances to win tournaments that I didn’t get over the line, but all in all, it’s been a pretty good year without a win.”
As it played out, other results went against Lowry and he finished in 31st in the standings to miss out on a trip to East Lake.