Lowry Still Celebrates Despite Missing Out On 10,000 Pound Windfall.

Shane Lowry still celebrated despite missing out on a £10,000 windfall as an ace during the second round of the Sky Sports British Masters at Walton Heath.

Lowry used an 8-iron in finding the bottom of the cup at the par-3 fifth hole the Irish golfer was playing as his 14th.

It was the second ace of the tournament after England’s Eddie Pepperell holed-out at the par-3 ninth hole a day earlier.

Pepperell’s ace was not only valuable to his chances of winning for a second time this season, but he also earned a cheque for £10,000 converted to the currency LIFEtoken, while a further £10,000 will be donated to the European Tour Foundation and Cancer Research UK Kids and teens.

Unfortunately, Lowry aced a hole with no prize but then he generously donated a few cases of Boddington’s and Foster’s Lager to the caddies and also the media covering the event.

The ace, and Lowry’s first in some 20 months, stopped the rot after dropping four shots in his previous four holes and in an eventual score of 71 to move inside the weekend cut-off mark at two-over par.

Lowry commenced his round in super style and taming the bright but blustery conditions with three 3’s after birding the 10th, eagling the 11th and then birding the 12th ahead of making the turn three-under for his round.

But by the time he got to the fifth or his 14th Lowry was one-over having bogeyed his 11th, doubled the 12th and bogeyed the 13th.

“It was very windy, I knew I hit a very good shot straight at the pin, lucky the wind didn’t put off track and it went in,” he said.

“It was a great feeling and got my round back on track.

“So, I’m more than happy to buy some beers in for all the caddies and the lads in the media tent to enjoy.”

The ace was Lowry’s third on the European Tour having bagged a pro career first hole-in-one using a 7-iron in the company of Rory McIlroy on day two of the 2014 DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Lowry then grabbed a sensational second ace, and easily his most spectacular, on day three of the 2016 Masters and also using an 8-iron to become the 16th player in Masters history to record an ace at the par-3 16th at Augusta National.

And earlier this year, Lowry went within a whisker of acing the par-3 16th at the stadium-like TPC Scottsdale course on day one of the Phoenix Open.

No such joy for defending champ, Paul Dunne who was inside the top-10 having birdied his second and third holes but then posted a ‘fat lady’ triple-bogey ‘8’ at the par-5 sixth hole.



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