Trouble blemishes Lowry's final round as he misses out on Top 10 at Nedbank

It was a tough week for the Clara man

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry

Offaly's Shane Lowry shot an under par round for the second time this week as he carded a final round 71 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. 

Lowry shot 11 holes in bogey or worse this week, including a triple-bogey on Friday, and yet another double on the 13th on Sunday afternoon. 

Lowry's tournament total was good enough for a one under par week and a share of 12th place, a respectable performance to add to his Top 10 finish at the Turkish Open last week. 

For the fourth round in a row, Lowry began his round solidly, shooting par for the first eight holes, before making the turn under par after a birdie on nine. 

Lowry briefly jumped up to 5th spot with two early birdies on the back nine, at the 10th and 12th holes, but as has been the case this week, bogeys crept into his game. In truth, nine of the bogey or worse holes Lowry hit this week came on the back nine of his four rounds.

The 13th on Sunday posed problems as the Offaly's man last chance of a challenge faded thanks to a double-bogey. He recovered with a birdie on 15, but for the second time in the tournament, he blemished his card late on with a bogey on the last hole. 

Lowry's performance promised so much earlier this week, especially in the early part of his second round when he briefly hit the lead. However, the Offaly man's putter failed him once more as he had to settle for a series of mistakes and missed opportunities.