Lowry determined to restore his dented Dubai pride

Bernie McGuire

Shane Lowry during the DP World Tour Championship (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Bernie McGuire, Jumeirah Estates in Dubai.

Shane Lowry is determined to restore his dented Dubai pride heading to the weekend rounds of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Estates.

For the second day running, Lowry birdied the last but it was the proceeding 17 holes on both days that really tore at the heartstrings of the champion Irish golfer out on the Earth course.

Lowry signed for a one-under 71, capping his day’s work under continuing sauna-like temperatures, in holing a three-footer at the last and getting back to level par, sharing 24th place, and projected to remain at eighth on the Race to Dubai money list.

However, Lowry over the first two days is very much not the player who boasts a DP World Tour effort of finishing the season strongly, as evident five years ago in posting a closing round new course record 63 on route to joint second place.                                                                                

“The game was better today but I am still making too many silly mistakes,” he said speaking exclusively with Irish Golfer Magazine.

“I’m not alone, as we’re finding the course a lot more difficult compared to previous years, and while I feel as though I know my way around this golf course pretty good, I’m as disappointed as I was yesterday, as I am not used to shooting over par around here.

“In the years I’ve played here I would usually find the course pretty much straight forward, so much so I can comfortably work my way around here but yesterday was a struggle and I just made it to finish even today with that birdie at the last.

“So, I am making a handful of mistakes a day that at this time of year they do get to you a bit more than maybe if it was the start of the year.

“Saying that, it was again a nice way to finish and if I can get to four, five or six-under tomorrow it will give myself a chance to have a decent week.”

Lowry heads into golf’s traditional ‘moving day’ teeing up alongside Frenchman Victor Perez at 5.50am Irish time.

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