Lowry reflects on PLAYERS hole in one: ‘I lost it’

Ronan MacNamara

The 17th green at TPC Sawgrass (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Shane Lowry dubbed his famous 2022 The PLAYERS Championship hole in one as one of the highlights of his year as he bids for similar heroics this week at TPC Sawgrass.

Lowry seems to have hypothesised the right formula to tackle Sawgrass, in particular the iconic par-3 17th hole with two top-15 finishes in his last two starts and of course that sensational ace last year.

Dubbed ‘the fifth major’ although that tag seems to have been loosened this week with the absence of defending champion Cameron Smith and other LIV players, it is still a title the Clara native would dearly love to add to his CV.

‘It was one of the highlights of my year last year,’ Lowry reflected on the strike when speaking to Sky Sports.

’17 is a hole you are always trying to hit a good shot on. It is a good birdie chance if you hit a good shot. I lost it there yeah… it was cool,’ he reminisced.

‘It got me right into the tournament then as well.’

Lowry’s shot towered over the flagstick before spinning back into the hole, but the celebrations almost eclipsed the quality of shot with the scenes on the tee box one of the highlight reels of the year.

The 2019 Open champion then launched the lucky golf ball into the raucous crowd.

‘I actually don’t keep stuff like that,’ he said. ‘I remember they came to me on the 18th tee then and I signed it for them as well, so that was cool.

‘The Players Championship is our biggest event on the PGA Tour so to do something there is pretty special.’

Lowry isn’t the only Irishman in the field this week as 2019 PLAYERS winner Rory McIlroy and Seamus Power join him.

McIlroy can return to the summit of the world rankings with a win while Power is making his second start after a 33rd place finish on debut.

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