Shane Lowry reveals he only decided to play BMW PGA Championship "on Sunday"

Shane Lowry shares the lead at the BMW PGA Championship, but he nearly opted not to play.

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Fri, 9 Oct 2020
Shane Lowry reveals he only decided to play BMW PGA Championship "on Sunday"

Shane Lowry fired his way up the leaderboard on Friday at the BMW PGA Championship, shooting a 7-under par score of 65 to take a share of the lead at 12-under par for the tournament with Matthew Fitzpatrick.

The Open champion put an old putter back in the bag after playing well with his Odyssey 2-Ball during a practice round and the change has been paying off at the Surrey-based course.

Lowry missed the cut at the Irish Open a fortnight ago, his third missed cut in his last four starts and the 33-year-old was considering giving the third Rolex Series event of the year a miss this week, but made a late call to play on Sunday.

"I really only decided to come here on Sunday, up until then I wasn't too sure whether I was going to play or not," said Lowry.

"On Monday I saw this putter sitting there and I put it down and had a look and was like, 'well, I'll bring it for the spin'. It needed a new grip, anyway. I went to play nine holes with my coach Monday evening at The K Club and putted quite nicely.

"I was pretty happy, so I brought it, got a new grip on it and decided to use it. I've used it for years. I always used a two-ball putter, and it's definitely worked so far.

"I feel like my game has been good for a while, but I've been struggling on the greens. It's amazing when you hole a few putts, and I've probably driven it a little better this week than I have done all year.

"I've been dropping a lot of silly shots on the golf course, and it takes its toll, especially playing golf on the cut mark is just stressful and it's just hard.

"When you put up a good score in the final round and you get off to a good start in the second round like I did, it frees you up and allows you to play some good golf. That's what I've done and hopefully just keep doing it again."

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