Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot a closing 66 Sunday at Firestone Country Club to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by two strokes over Bubba Watson for his first PGA Tour victory. Lowry shot 70-66-67-66, finishing at 11-under-par 269.
Who didn’t win
Watson shot 66 to pressure Lowry but a bogey at the par-3 15th hole proved costly. Still, Watson finished in solo second while Justin Rose and Jim Furyk, co-leaders entering the final round, both shot 72 to tie for third, four behind.
How it happened
On a difficult course, Lowry didn’t make a bogey on Sunday, holing two critical par putts over the final five holes, then hitting a spectacular recovery shot on the 72nd hole to set up a closing birdie to hold off the challengers. Lowry took the lead alone at the par-4 10th where, after hitting his tee shot into trouble, he hit a tremendous recovery shot to within 2 feet for the go-ahead birdie. Lowry made seven pars from there, holing a 17-foot par putt on the 14th hole and a 6-foot par putt on the 17th before smashing his 141-yard approach shot within 11 feet of the hole at No. 18 for the victory-sealing birdie. The win made him a full member of the PGA Tour while vaulting him to 19th in the world ranking…..READ FULL ARTICLE