Top 20 finish for Lowry

SHANE Lowry improved his chances of making the European Tour’s grand finale in Dubai after a top 20 finish at the Czech Open.

SHANE Lowry improved his chances of making the European Tour’s grand finale in Dubai after a top 20 finish at the Czech Open.

The Esker Hills clubman was in the top five after the second round on Friday but he fell away on Saturday with a three over par 75. Thankfully he bounced back in the last round shooting a three under par 69 to finish in a tie for 16th place.

The result earned him just under €20,000 and moved him up to 54th in the Race to Dubai. It brought his winnings for the year to €355,531 which is even more impressive when you consider he missed a chunk at the start of the year due to injury.

This week Shane will be making his way to Scotland to take part in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles where the winners prize is a very respectable €266,628.

He had a good outing on his last trip to Scotland last month when he finished 14th at the Barclay’s Scottish Open.

In the 16 tournaments Shane has played this season he has finished in the top 20 on new fewer than six occasions while he has also recorded two top ten finishes in 2011