March 14, 2022 Staff Report
Shane Lowry’s recent run of good form doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon.
The Offaly man sent the crowd at the Players Championship wild Sunday with an incredible hole-in-one at the course’s most famous pin.
During the third round at the weather-delayed event, the 34-year-old hit a pitching wedge 10 feet past the par-three, 124-yard hole — before it gradually rolled towards the pin and dropped in, sparking joyous scenes of celebration.
He embraced his playing partner and Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter as the crowd roared him on.
Lowry then picked the ball out of the hole and threw it into the crowd.
“It was a special thing to happen, and I’m looking forward to turning on my phone and seeing the messages I’ve got,” Lowry said afterward.
“Not only that, it put me back in the tournament somewhat. So it was amazing. It’s been a long day today, and I’m glad to make the call and finish well today. Played the 17 hole twice and did it in three shots, so it doesn’t owe me anything.
“I’m excited for tomorrow now. If it’s a long day tomorrow, I can do something hopefully in the morning and finish it off in the afternoon.”
It is Lowry’s second hole-in-one on the PGA Tour, his first coming at the 2016 Masters.
It’s the 10th hole-in-one on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, and the first since Ryan Moore achieved the feat at the 2019 edition of the Players Championship.
Lowry finished the day four-under for the tournament, four off the top of the leaderboard.