Offaly golfer Shane Lowry looks set to qualify for the Accenture Match Play Championship if as expected World Number 10 Phil Mickelson decides not to take part in the event.
After a nervous weekend for the Clara golfer when he wasn’t in action, he finished the weekend at number 65 in the Official World Golf Rankings. The top 64 in the world rankings qualify for the event.
Lowry qualifies thanks in no small part to a birdie putt on the final hole at the AT&T Pro Am at Pebble Beach on the US PGA Tour from American Patrick Reed. That putt ensured that he finished in a tie for seventh place at the event with Swede Fredrick Jacobsen which meant that Lowry stayed ahead of the Swede by 0.0002 world ranking points. Reed’s birdie was all the more spectacular as he had driven onto the rocks on the famous finishing hole at Pebble Beach.
If Lowry does make the field and there are no further withdrawls other than Mickelson, he will square off with his former Irish amateur team-mate and good friend World Number 1 Rory McIlroy. The two played together for a number of years on the Irish team and McIlroy was one of the first to congratulate Lowry after the Offaly man’s win in the 2009 Irish Open Championship.