SHANE Lowry finished off the European Tour with an excellent eighth place finish at the Race to Dubai finale last weekend.
The Esker Hills’ clubman was in the running right throughout the four day event and a final round of two under par 70 earned him his top ten finish and a cheque for €143,933.
All the players in the field qualified for the event by virtue of being in the elite top 60 on the European Tour and Shane mixed it with the world’s best over the four days.
He opened with a three under par 69 on Thursday and in a consistent round with four birdies and just one dropped shot.
His second round was more of an adventure with four birdies and four bogeys up to the 17th but he finished in spectacular style with an eagle on the par 5 18th where he chipped in from off the green to rapturous applause from the large gallery around the picturesque hole.
On Saturday he started strongly with four birdies in his first eight holes to get as high as third but two dropped shots around the turn saw him fall back. However as he had done on Friday, Shane finished strongly with a brace of birdies for a round of four under par 68.
That left him in a tie for fifth going into the final round at -9 and he shot a fourth under par round with three birdies and just one dropped shot for a round of 70 which left him in a tie for 8th place with Robert Rock, the golfer he beat in a play-off to win the Irish Open in 2009.
This was Shane’s fourth top ten finish on the European Tour this season in what was undoubtedly his best year as a professional.
It started slowly as he suffered a broken wrist during last winter’s freeze but when he eventually got back to action in March, he quickly got into his stride with back to back top ten finishes in May including a fine fourth place finish at the prestigious BMW Championship in Wentworth.
At the last three tournaments he has shown consistently good form with a string of high placed finishes on the European Tour and at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japanese Tour where he finished third.
His form has also seen him take another step back up the Official World Golf Rankings as he aims to get his place back in the Top 100.
Earlier this year he had dropped as low as 256th in the rankings but he has been steadily climbing back through the ranks and following last weekend’s excellent eighth place in Dubai, he is back up to 121st.