His excellent ninth place finish at the British Open last weekend has shot Offaly golfer Shane Lowry up to number 59 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings. He is also up to 15th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
A final round of seven under par 65 at Royal Liverpool moved him right up through the field to make him one of three Irish golfers to finish in the top ten along with winner Rory McIlroy and Graham McDowell, who finished in a tie for ninth alongside Lowry.
Just ten weeks ago after missing six cuts in eight tournaments to start the year at the Volvo China Open, Lowry fell as low as 142nd in the rankings but a consistent run of strong finishes, including second at the BMW PGA Championship and fourth at the Scottish Open have seen him move well up the table.
Speaking after the event, Lowry said the final round in particular gave him confidence going forward.
“To shoot 65 in the final round of a major, especially when you’re looking at the top of the leaderboard, makes me feel good about myself. I know if I have a chance down the line that is there, I can play the golf.
“I’m very comfortable in these surroundings. I love links golf and I think I’m good in bad conditions. I’m hopefully going to play another 15 or 20 Opens in my career. I think I could do it down the line. If I give myself the chance to do it, I know I can do it on Sunday.”
His next outing will be at the final Major of the year, the US PGA Championship at Valhalla GC, Louisville, Kentucky starting on August 7.