Shane Lowry has decided to break with his caddie Dermot Byrne after nine years together.
Lowry missed the cut at The Open at Carnoustie yesterday where he had his coach Neil Manchip on his bag instead of Byrne who had the bag on day one.
Lowry declined to speak to the media afterwards, having finished on five over par for the tournament – two shots shy of what he required to make the weekend.
A deflated Lowry did comment after his first round at Carnoustie and after posting a two over par opening 72.
“I’m not enjoying my golf at the minute, and my golf is not really enjoying me and that’s the way it is, and it’s hard to take,” he said.
Asked if there were changes he could make to improve things, Lowry replied: “I don’t know.”
Clearly drastic changes were made and a spokesman for Lowry said today: “Shane and Dermot have decided to take a break from working together for the upcoming schedule of tournaments in the US.
“We are currently exploring a number of options and a new caddie will be in place for the RBC Canadian Open next week.”
Lowry will now head back to America with a run of 5 events planned to try play his way into the top 125 on the FedEx Cup rankings and secure his card for 2019. The Offaly man is currently in 167th position and needing a good finish to the season as his exemption for winning the WGC Bridgestone invitational expires at the end of the season.