The odds of Shane Lowry’s quest to end his Major-winning season as European No. 1 have lengthened considerably after a disappointing third round at the Turkish Airlines Open.
Lowry headed into day three buoyed by a second day 65 but his goal of building on that score sunk in taking a 75 that included just two birdies but also five bogeys.
Lowry looked in no mood to speak after his round and the media present here this week elected to give him the ‘day off’.
The Royal Portrush winning hero tees-up on day four in Belek sharing 52nd place in the now 74-player field and at four-under par trails a very distant 14 shots adrift of Austrian Matthias Schwab, who leads the field by three shots at 18-under par, while fellow Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, current European No. 1 elect, signed for a 70 to move to three-under par.
Unlike Lowry, Wiesberger has struggled a bit in failing to break 70 over the three days but the Tour projects Wiesberger will be aboard Sunday night’s Turkish Airlines charter flight to Sun City in South Africa continuing to the lead the Race to Dubai.
The absent Spaniard, Jon Rahm will stay in second while Lowry, who may pick-up some points on Rahm, will head home to Ireland remaining in third but with Schwab, should he win in Turkey, moving to fourth.