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Even round sees Shane Lowry down field


Shane Lowry. Photo: Getty Images

Shane Lowry. Photo: Getty Images

Getty Images

Shane Lowry. Photo: Getty Images

Shane Lowry didn’t do what you are supposed to do on golf’s ‘Moving Day’ and he is now nine shots off the lead in the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Traditionally, Saturday is the day in a golf tournament when you put yourself in position to win on the Sunday.

But Lowry could only manage an even-par round, on a day when the rest of the field were hitting birdies galore. A bogey at his last hole will have annoyed the Clara man no end.

So Lowry finds himself those nine shots behind the leader Si Woo Kim, who is on 18 under.

He is tied 23rd in the field and needs to be in the top 24 at the end of this event to win a place in the Fed-Ex Cup play-offs, which will take place over the next three weeks.

“I’ve actually got a little trip planned with some friends in Rhode Island next week,” Lowry said.

“Not that it’s a win-win, but at least I have something to look forward to if that doesn’t happen. We will play some golf, but not much.”

If he misses out on the play-offs, Lowry would have only one more chance to play in a tournament to prepare for the year’s second Major, the US Open, which will be staged in mid-September.

Kim, who won this event in 2016 and the prestigious Players Championship in 2017, holed out with an eight iron on the third hole and, amazingly, lipped out for another ace on the 12th on his way to a third round of 62. He is two shots ahead of Americans Rob Oppenheim and Doc Redman.