Shane Lowry emerged from a cadre of dark horse golf betting candidates and won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron this past weekend, earning himself his very own PGA Tour card. He locked things up with a terrific shot that emerged from the trees left of the 18th fairway, came down from the sky over a bunker, landing about 10 feet away from the pin. He nailed the birdie putt and finished with a 66 for four under par for the round and a title for the tournament. He won by two strokes, finishing ahead of Bubba Watson, who also had a 66 the last day.
Lowry’s first big win came in 2009, when he took home the Irish Open title as an amateur. He won his first victory on the European Tour in 2012 in Portugal.
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In the last round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Lowry had a bogey-free round. The last person to win a WGC without being a PGA Tour member was Martin Kaymer, who prevailed at the HSBC Champions in 2011.
The 54-hole lead, shared by Justin Rose and Jim Furyk, dissipated when both shot a 72 to finish four shots back in a tie for third place. Lowry had an 11-under 269 for the four-day tournament. Not only is he now a PGA Tour member for the next three years (he had been playing as a special temporary member), he also brought home a $1.57 million purse.
Watson was upset that two of his wedge shots down the back nine had such hard bounces to leave him without a shot at a manageable birdie, once on 16 and once on 18. His drive on 18 had gone 380 yards, but his wedge shot bounced high and headed away from the green.
And what about Jordan Spieth? He also had a 66 on Sunday, but he tied for 10th place. This is his fifth consecutive top 10 during a stretch in which he has won four titles.
In other golf news, Jeff Maggert took home the Shaw Charity Classic title. This is his third win on the Champions Tour in 2015. He birdied five of the closing six holes on the front nine, going on to win by four strokes. He entered the last round two strokes behind Colin Montgomerie and Miguel Angel Jimenez, but his 64 took home the tournament. He finished with a 16-under score of 194 for the whole event. His major titles this year have come at the U.S. Senior Open and the Regions Tradition. He also won his debut event on the tour for golfers 50 and over when he took home the trophy from the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
J.J. Henry prevailed in the Barracuda Championship for the second time since 2011. He won a playoff by nailing a 15-foot putt for eagle on the second playoff hole to knock out Kyle Reifers. Reifers had three eagles on the back nine to card 22 points to tie Henry at 47 in the only modified Stableford event on the PGA Tour. Henry finished with a birdie to get six points for the round.