AKRON, OHIO | Shane Lowry is why they’re called World Golf Championship events.
Lowry arrived at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone as the 48th-ranked player in the world, a 28-year-old Irishman who was vaguely familiar to many American fans for having upset Rory McIlroy in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play two years ago.
Lowry earned his spot at Firestone by virtue of his world ranking and by Sunday evening, his career arc had changed, his two-stroke victory over Bubba Watson raising both his profile and his place in the global game. Helped by a fortunate bounce or two (“You need those,” Lowry said), he shot a bogey-free 66 on Sunday that could not have come at a more opportune time.
There’s a wedding to plan, a Ryder Cup team to make, an Olympics to qualify for and now there’s full status on the PGA Tour, allowing Lowry to pick and choose when and where he plays in the future…