Shane Lowry hoping for final flourish after tough Saturday at PGA Championship

Shane Lowry hoping for final flourish after tough Saturday at PGA Championship

Shane Lowry is looking forward to signing with his bottom round of the week after a third day of worst weather at the US PGA Championship remaining in the pack in the wet and windy Southern Hills.

That Clara Mann, who has the longest active cut streak in the majors with 12 in a row, made two birdies and three bogeys in one over 71 to share the equivalent of three overs at the clubhouse 36th, four shots behind Webb Simpson, Who set the target of one under with an astonishing 65.

“It was fine,” said Lowry, who took three eighth-place bogeys to turn an over, then one shot with back-to-back bogeys in the 12th, before visiting Greenside Sands in the 15th and 16th. A birdie chased before taking it. Drivenable spread out to six feet on the 17th.

“I wanted to go out and try to shoot two-unders. I figured if I could be at par or even par, the way things are tomorrow, I might have to smell something tomorrow.

“Trying to hit it at close range was so hard and making a birdie was so hard. Then I made two crooked bogeys coming in.

“I think a big goal for tomorrow will be to be back in the red figures for the tournament.

“So four-under, it will be a good score for me tomorrow. If I can go out and make a good score and get something in the week, I’ll be really happy.”

Lowry had the worst weather for all three rounds but refused to make excuses.

“I stood up first and I think yesterday I had about 80 yards for the flag and I had 210 yards to go this morning, so it was straight up an eye opener,” he joked. .

“It’s been a grind and a fight. I’m not going to make excuses by standing here. It was quite disappointing to sit at home yesterday afternoon watching golf, I have to say. But it is what it is.”

“You take the rough with the smooth and you move on. Obviously the 80-odd guys in the field who got the bad side of the draw and I’m one of them.

“Winning a Major from the bad side of the draw is frustrating and difficult. But some people were on my side of the draw so it couldn’t be undone.”

As for his streak of 12 consecutive cuts in the Major, one more than Jon Rahm, he said: “I won’t see 12 cuts, I’ll focus on a win in the last 12. Take 11 missed cuts and no one. Win time too.”

Tiger Woods reached his highest point since suffering a serious leg injury in a car accident 15 months ago, when he signed for 79 in the equivalent of nine overs.

PGA champion at Southern Hills in 2007, he bogeyed second, then dropped nine shots in eight holes and finished joint last in 12 overs in a 79-man field.

He made a 13-footer for par at first, but got water off the second tee, then after finding more water than the tee did a triple bogey par-three sixth bogey down the green with his third from the drop zone .

He then bogeyed for the first time in his career in a major before hitting five consecutive bogeys and taking a shot back in 15th.

Asked if it’s difficult for him to be prepared in time to deal with the freezing, rainy conditions of rain in Tulsa, he said: “Well, it’s not bad. I just didn’t play well. I didn’t hit the ball very well, and I didn’t get the start I needed to start.
“I thought I hit a good tee shot in two and ended up in the water, and never really got any momentum from my side.”

On his run of nine dropped shots from the sixth to eight holes and five consecutive bogeys from the ninth, he said: “Well, I couldn’t even get off the bogie train or other train there.

“Like I said, I just didn’t – I didn’t do anything right. I didn’t shoot many good shots. As a result I ended up with a very high score.”
The 10-over 81 posted in strong winds remains Woods’ highest score in the third round of The Open at Muirfield in 2002.

He hopes to prepare for the final round, which is held together by pins and screws, requiring ice baths and physical therapy between rounds to help keep his right leg together.

“Well, I’m in pain,” he said. “I know it’s for a fact. We’ll do some work and see how it goes.”

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