Lowry finishes on a high in Munich

Carton House’s Shane Lowry warmed-up for this week’s Irish Open with a blistering final round 65 in the BMW International Open in Munich.

Lowry’s score was his lowest in eight months in finishing seven shots behind South African Ernie Els who counts down to his British Open defence with a one-shot victory in the Bavarian capital.

Els, 43 became the oldest winner in the event posting a final round 69 for an 18-under par tally and defeat Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn at the Munchen Eichenried course.

Els will play a practice round at Muirfield tomorrow on in his first return to the east of Edinburgh course where he triumphed in 2002.

In contrast, Lowry will take to Carton House course tomorrow in the company of the leading Irish amateur trio of Gavin Moynihan, Kevin Phelan and Reeve Whitson.

On Friday, the trio were selected as part of the six-man team to represent Ireland in next month’s European Amateur championship in Denmark and have since been afforded invitations to the Irish Open.

Lowry’s last round in Munich was capped by an outward nine of just 31 and then an inward score of 34 and his best score since a 64 in last October’s BMW Masters in Shanghai.

“It was a good day’s work with three birdies to start but all I was looking for going into this last round was a bit of confidence for the Irish Open,” he said.

“I was very disappointed with Saturday’s 74 but to shoot seven under par on a Sunday is always good no matter where you are on the board”

Peter Lawrie will be looking to boost his Irish Open quest by qualifying later today in a 36-hole British Open qualifier at Sunningdale.

It will be Lawrie’s ninth attempt at qualifying for golf’s oldest Major having made the field in 2005.

However after a final round 71 for a nine under par tally in Munich, Lawrie’s optimistic of grabbing one of the dozen odd spots among the 96 teeing up today.

“It would be nice to qualify for The Open heading into the Irish Open, as the Irish Open will be a difficult week on and off the course,” said Lawrie.

“Never mind the set-up of the course, it’s all about getting your head right what with organising tickets for everyone. But it’s a special week for all the Irish and you want to win your own Open at least once in your career.”

Waterville’s David Higgins, and the last man on the entry list to secure a place in this week’s Irish Open, carded a final day 71 for nine under.

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