As Shane Lowry, the British Open leader through 54 holes, tells him that he taught golf as a child, annoying the parents and teachers by kicking rounds to play individual joys and edges.
His life, Brendan, took up a football career in Gaelic football, a mixture of rugby and soccer. His friends went to hurling, a sport like lacrosse where the players put a ball around a field with open-fronted bats rather than catching it with a stick.
Instead, Lowry was taking a close look at his short game and eventually took on appropriate golf at the age of 12. Ten years later, in 2009, he was the first great amateur golfer in Ireland after Rory McIlroy. progress two years previously.
Lowry won the opportunity to be one of four amateurs to compete in the Irish Open, the top of the country competition, with the aim of making the cut. Instead, he won the whole thing after three hole drama. He spent a pro four days later.
Ten years later, he is taking the best year of his career together. He completed an eighth at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May. He spent an 8-under blistering 63 on Saturday at Royal Portrush to take four rounds in the final round over Tommy Fleetwood.
Lowry, 32, had the chance to make a hole on the 18th hole that came up to half an inch short. If it fell, it would be tied to the mark for the lowest round in the history of the competition. As it stands, he is now the owner of a 54-British Open hole record (197).
He has climbed the leader board from day to day, raising confidence at the course not even 200 miles from his hometown, rounding off the form after a rough start for the year.
“I felt I could come here and come under the radar,” Lowry said. “I'm not good at the radar anymore. I didn't feel that I was forgotten Ireland. But I hope I'm talking about tomorrow night. ”
In 10 contest in front of British Open, he lost the five times cut. It appeared that it had been transformed by the RBC Heritage in April, but it did not put the weekend next week at Classic Zurich of New Orleans.
At the RBC Canadian Opening in June, he completed the second, seven screenshot behind McIlroy, for a $ 668,800 pay day. But he walked to 28 at the next debut, US Open at Pebble Beach, and leaving it on an uncertain basis.
“I don't think the practice was successful this week. I felt a little uncomfortable, ”he told him Irish Times about his training sessions at Royal Portrush.
He and Coach Neil Manchip went to a local pub on Wednesday night to discuss things, talking for 40 minutes over a coffee.
“We just put everything out open, everything on the table, what could happen, what would happen,” he said. “I left the room so completely confident and ready to go. (But) I suppose I was so nervous because I have been in a pretty period on the first tee, almost never, I said.
“It's British Open, it's in Ireland, I'm playing well, I think I should come up and do well. I'm sure many golfers are standing on the first tee feeling uncomfortable. You wouldn't be human if you were not nervous or unhappy about playing in the biggest competition in the world.
“I hope I am nervous on a Sunday evening out there. It's right where you want to be, and you have to say to yourself that you are there. Where would you be? Do you prefer to be here or sitting at home watching TV? ”
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