Shane Lowry’s miracle wedge shot on the final hole of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational has been named 2015 European Tour Shot of the Year.
European Tour fans were voting throughout December and nearly a quarter of all votes were for Lowry’s winning shot at Firestone Country Club. The Offaly man’s overcame competition from the likes of Rory McIlroy, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Patrick Reed to win the award.
“It’s a huge honour to win European Tour Shot of the Year, it’s a shot I will never forget,” Lowry told europeantour.com.
“Thanks to everyone who voted. I’m looking forward to another great season in 2016. I can’t wait to get back to competitive golf next week in Malaysia when I represent Europe in the EurAsia Cup.’
The shot was certainly the biggest shot of Lowry’s season and possibly of his career so far, earning the 28 year old his first WGC title. He arrived at the final hole with a one shot lead but pulled his tee shot into the left rough. Lowry was left with 127 yards to pin but plenty of trouble in front of him.
“It was actually a pretty horrific lie,” he said. “It was sitting down in a hole. It was almost like someone had stood on it, but it was where the crowd was walking. And I just said to Dermot, I’ll try and hit sand wedge and just get it down to the front of the green. I pulled it a bit too low and went into the tree. The rest is history.”
Lowry wasn’t the only winner in the Shot of the Year competition. Fredrick Hansson from Sweden was randomly selected from the thousands of My European Tour fans who voted to win two return, business class flights to a destination of his choice courtesy of Emirates.
Meanwhile European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will compete at next month’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.
“I have seen Dubai grow dramatically over the years with my regular appearances in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic,” said the popular Dungannon man, whose impressive CV features 22 wins worldwide, including 14 on the European Tour, in addition to making five consecutive Ryder Cup appearances between 1997-2006.
“I am more comfortable with myself, just trying to be a lot more consistent. I just want to play some good golf. I am going to continue working on all the things I have been recently. My policy is to work hard and just keep going,” said Clarke, who in his new role as the Patron of the MENA Golf Tour provides strategic input into the planning, implementation and management of dynamic programmes that leverage the game of golf.
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