Lowry returning to form

SHANE Lowry made his first cut since his return from injury at the Volvo China Open last weekend.

SHANE Lowry made his first cut since his return from injury at the Volvo China Open last weekend.

Shane, who missed three months of the season through after suffering a fall during the cold weather in January, returned to action late in March but he did not make the cut in the three tournaments he played up to last week.

He opened up his challenge last Thursday with his first under par round since his return when he shot a three under par 69.

He followed that with a two under par 70 on Friday which saw him make the cut on five under par.

Shane dropped off the pace on Saturday when he shot a two over par 74 but he bounced back strongly on Sunday with a four under par 68 to finish the tournament on seven under par in 61st place.

The former Irish Open Champion would have hoped to finish hire but three sub par rounds in four days is certainly encouraging as he continues to play catch after missing time through injury.

The tournament was win by Belgian Nick Colsaerts on 24 under with Peter Lawrie the best of the Irish in a tie for second place.

This week the European Tour moves on to South Korea for the Ballantine’s Championship which has a prize fund of over e2,000,000. In 2010 Shane finished in a tie for 40th place at the event.

Meanwhile closer to home Castle Barna youngster Brian McCormack finished in an excellent second spot at the Munster Youths Open Amateur Championship over the weekend.

He scored consistently well over the three rounds starting with a level par 72 which he followed with a one under par 71 before finishing with a two under par 70.

He had started the final day four shots off the lead but he really fought his way back into contentionbut he finished just a single shot back from the eventual winner.