Pádraig Harrington couldn’t hide his surprise as his efforts to call Shane Lowry to celebrate the pair’s double-winning Sunday performance fell on unconscious ears.
Harrington followed-in Lowry’s superb BMW PGA Championship victory with one of his own at the Ascension Charity Classic, marking the Dubliner’s third Champions Tour win of the season.
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With Harrington across the Atlantic in St Louis, the 51-year old felt the time difference would prove no barrier to Lowry answering his call for a rare double-winning celebration, only for the phone to ring out at 3.30am.
“I’d be shocked if he’s not still going,” said Harrington of his great friend’s celebrations; Lowry claiming his first win since Portrush in 2019, and we all know what happened then!
“If Shane is not still partying, I’m not happy or else he’s not answering my phone call at 3:30 in the morning. Either way, I’m not impressed with him.
“I’m assuming there must be a problem with the connection. There’s no way he wouldn’t be answering.
“Good God, he’s a lightweight! He must have gone to bed.
“I did get to watch his golf before I went out. It was a nice feeling to see him win.”
Harrington took to the course clearly inspired by the way Lowry went about his work while it was a week where Lowry lacked little in the way of motivation either as he claimed what he described was a victory “for the good guys” in the face of more LIV Golf tension at Wentworth.
“I made no secrets as to how I felt about the whole thing at the start of the week,” Lowry said.
“I wanted to go out and win this tournament for myself, first and foremost, but I think for this tour and everyone that’s stayed loyal to this tour and everyone that’s done everything for this tour, I feel like this is one for the good guys.”
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