Shane Lowry snaps at golf reporter: "It's called sarcasm"

Former Open champion Shane Lowry has clarified what he meant by the comments he made to spectators watching the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. 

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Fri, 9 Feb 2024
Shane Lowry snaps at golf reporter: "It's called sarcasm"

Shane Lowry clearly thought it was amusing some young fans were braving the wind and the rain during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open

In case you weren't aware the annual PGA Tour event is known for its party atmosphere.

Thousands of pints are consumed and many more alcoholic beverages make their way onto the green at the par-3 16th. 

Tiger Woods sent the fans absolutely crazy back in 1997 with his hole-in-one at TPC Scottsdale and since then it seems every time the tournament rolls around we see crazier and crazier scenes. 

This year the first round was delayed owing to the truly horrific conditions. They were awful. 

Growing up in Ireland, Lowry knows all about playing in difficult weather. 

An opening first round of 4-under 67 put Lowry into contention with Sahith Theegala

After his first round, Lowry was asked if he were a fan if he would've dared brave the weather to attend the party. 

And he replied: "No, I said to the boys [his playing partners], there's a group of lads on the sixth hole when it was raining. 

"I said [to them], 'What are you guys doing out here? Surely you can find the closest bar and do something else.'

"The rain was coming in sideways, they were standing there to watch us hit a 6-iron 160 yards, I was like, 'You should just go home, you know?' 

"It's like one of those. It was, honestly it was horrible. It was as tough conditions as I can remember from a while."

Lowry's response was picked up by Golf Digest reporter Christopher Power who, Lowry assumes, didn't understand he was being sarcastic after reading the transcript of his post-round interview. 

He responded to Powers' post by saying: "It was 8 degrees, pissing rain and blowing 20 miles an hour...and I'm not sure if you've been to Ireland but it's called sarcasm."

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