Lowry has mojo stolen

Shane Lowry’s joy in finally making a halfway cut in the Omega European Masters was soured in learning his parents’ house had been burgled.

Despite dropping two strokes over his closing three holes Lowry headed to the locker room pretty pleased in guaranteeing himself four rounds at his fourth appearance on the Alpine Crans-sur-Sierre course.

Lowry was unaware of the burglary until turning on his phone to learn thieves had broken into his parent’s unoccupied Kilcoursey home late on Thursday night.

A number of trophies won by Lowry at his beloved Esker Hills Club were stolen but it was not known if his Irish Open trophy was among those missing.

“Just so pissed off to hear the news of my parent’s house being ransacked last night,” said Lowry on Twitter.

“They’re really are some horrible scumbags in the world.”

Lowry had never got past Friday’s second round since first competing in Switzerland three years ago.

However, his big on-course concern now, and like most in the field, is continuing to get yardages correct around a saturated layout where the ball, due to the altitude, would normally fly some 10 to 15 yards further.

While conditions continued to be wet and miserable, snow was also falling on the lower Alps.

“It’s been guess work for two days trying to get the yardages right because on a bright sunny day up here we’d be allowing 10%, and that’s working in metres,” said Lowry.

“So with the cold weather, the rain and the softened ground we’ve found ourselves in between clubs a lot.

“But I’m so pleased to be playing these two last days as that’s a first for me up here.”

Frenchman Julien Quesne (65) led the Swiss field by a stroke at nine under par but with heavy rain and deteriorating light forcing a halt to play a handful of players were yet to complete their rounds.

England’s Danny Willett (67) is lying second with Scotland’s Paul Lawrie (66) at seven under par and looking to become only the second player to win three times this season.

Darren Clarke will make the cut right on the level par mark after scores of 72 and 70 with his second round highlighted by an eagle at his 10th hole.

Already on their way home were Ballyclare’s Gareth Maybin (71, 72), Dublin’s Peter Lawrie (72, 72), Kells’ Damien McGrane (74, 71) and Ryder Cup vice-captain Paul McGinley (72, 74).

“Still not much I can say as I just played poorly and putted poorly this week, and with 34 putts it’s hard to compete,” said McGinley.

However, the Dubliner has been kept entertained for the two days by caddy and former Tour player Simon Hurd, who could be heard engaged in conversation continually with playing partners Willet and Sweden’s Mathias Gronberg .

Joining McGinley in missing the cut was Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and fellow Medinah vice-captain Thomas Bjorn.

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