News Piece, Doubts of Shane Lowry making it as a professional vanish

By Nicole Rogers

Irish supporters looked on as Shane Lowry beat English man Ross Fisher by a stroke to win the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura. The 25 year old Offaly man will be pleased to achieve his first win as a professional on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course .

This victory gives Lowry his second win on the European tour, his first victory was back in 2009 when he won the Irish Open in Baltray as an amateur.

With this win he also becomes only the second player on The European Tour to win as both an amateur and a professional along side Pablo Martin who won the Portugese Open in 2007 as an amateur, then followed this up with a win at Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa in 2009 .

Lowry claimed a prize of €375,000 almost doubling his earnings for the year to €728,000.

He started the day four shots behind the leader,  “I cannot believe this,” he said, after coming from four behind Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in the final round,” Lowry said.

Lowry was one ahead after adding birdies at the 15th and 17th, to go ahead of Fisher but prepared himself for a play-off after driving into sand and bogeying the last for a 66 and 14-under-par total.

Lowry can now try his hand at breaking into the American scene through their qualifying school, he proved his worth with this win and put any doubts of his ability to make it as a professional to rest.


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