April 18, 2022 By Brandon O’Neill
Shane Lowry was left ruing what might have been after an overhit bunker shot on his final round at the RBC Heritage derailed his bid for a first major trophy since his Open triumph in 2019.
The Offaly man pitched from the sand into the water on his way to a double-bogey five which blew his spot atop the leaderboard – ultimately leaving him finishing in a tie for third as he did last week in the US Masters.
Lowry started the day one shot off the lead and hit a streak of birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes to stake a claim on the prize.
He moved to -14 and the outright lead as conditions turned at the course,
But disaster struck on the par 3 14th when his bunker shot found the water.
That mistake saw Lowry drop back to -12 and the 35-year-old Lowry needed to find a birdie in the final few holes to force a play-off but a putt on the 17th just would not drop.
His chances evaporated on the 18th when he found the bunker although he salvaged a gutsy par. Lowry eventually had to settle for a share of third on -12.
Sunday drama is building @RBC_Heritage.
Shane Lowry finds the water with his chip on 14 and makes double bogey to fall out of the lead. pic.twitter.com/R5uGkdW408
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth powered his way up the leaderboard with a final round of 66 that included eagles on the second and fifth holes, both par fives to claim first spot with Patrick Cantlay.
Speith then came out on top after a playoff.