Lowry makes solid start at Phoenix Open
Offaly's Shane Lowry has made a solid start at the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale with a one under par opening round of 70.
Having teed off at the 10th hole on the course after 7.30pm (Irish time) on Thursday evening, the Clara native started off with a birdie. He settled for par on his second and third holes, but was hit two under with a further birdie at his fourth. He came agonisingly close to a hole-in-one on this raucous 16th hole. SEE THAT SHOT HERE
All of his good early round work was undone at the next as he double-bogeyed to drop back to level par. He made amends with two more birdies before the turn, standing on the 1st tee, his 10th hole on two under once more.
Lowry played solidly on the back nine, picking up another birdie and bogey to finish his opening round on one under par round of 70.
He is in a share of 46th place and six shots behind American Bill Haas who holds the lead on his own on seven under, two shots clear of his nearest challengers, a group of five on five under that includes Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel.
Lowry tees off on his second round shortly after 3pm (Irish Time) on Friday.