Offaly golfer Shane Lowry recovered from three bogeys and a double-bogey to record a level par round of 72 in the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa on Thursday.
Fresh from a solid top ten finish at the Turkish Open last week, the Clara man started with intent as he hit two birdies over the course of the five five holes.
A bogey at six halted his charge while another birdie at nine saw him take the turn out in 34, two under par for his round.
He seemed to be getting into a run again as he birdied the tenth, but a double-bogey at 11 put a serious dent in his challenge. He bogeyed again at 13 only to recover with a birdie on 14 in an up-and-down round for the Offaly man.
He finished with a bogey on 17 and a par to record a level par round of 72, five off the lead held by Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.
Lowry is best placed of the Irish in the tournament as Padraig Harrington faltered late on in his round to record a two over par 74, while Paul Dunne had similar trouble in posting an identical score.
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