‘It’s easy to think of what might have been’

‘But I have momentum to take with me to the PGA at Valhalla following my best-ever finish at a Major’

 Shane Lowry   tees off during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Photo:  Stuart Franklin/Getty

Shane Lowry tees off during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty

Thu, Jul 24, 2014, 12:00

I was at the dentist on Tuesday for some root canal treatment which, as anyone knows, isn’t exactly the sort of thing you ever look forward to. The problem with the tooth actually started in England last week, before the Open Championship, and I even considered taking a flight home to see my own dentist it was that bad.

In the end, we found a local dentist who put a dressing on it, prescribed anti-biotics and gave me painkillers. Thankfully, it got me through. And what a week!

I managed to achieve my best-ever finish in a Major – in tied-ninth – so far; and Rory McIlroy again showed that when he brings his A-game to the table, there is nobody who can live with him. He’s close to unbeatable.

I didn’t actually get to see the end of the golf in Hoylake. I love being able to get home on a Sunday night if in any way possible, so didn’t hang around too long after finishing my own round.

We got back to the rented house, watched a bit of the golf on television – up to Sergio taking two to get out of a bunker which effectively sealed his fate – and then kept checking the scores on the way to the airport. By the time we got our eight o’clock flight, Rory was over an hour into all of the demands that come with being the champion.

To be honest, I think the real winning of it for Rory came with those two late eagles in Saturday’s third round. I’m sure it’s not going to be his last Claret Jug or the last Major he is going to lift. He is the best golfer I have ever played with.

I was meant to play golf with Brian O’Driscoll on Tuesday evening but that plan unfortunately had to be shelved for another day.

Instead, I was at the dentist for the root canal work and then I stayed down for the night with my parents.

My mam had recorded the golf from Sunday and I watched the back nine. It’s nice to sit down, sit back and rewatch events, knowing the way they’re going to turn out.

Lopsided draw

Driving back up to Dublin yesterday morning, I actually had time to think and reflect on my own week . Pride? Satisfaction? Regrets? Yep, all of those things.

You know, it’s easy to think of what might have been. It’s only natural to think that way. I was on the wrong end of a lopsided draw. I had those two doubles in a row in Friday’s second round. But for that, it could have been a lot different. But that’s the way it is.

Every week you play golf and finish near the top of the leaderboard, you think of what could have been. Except, this was the biggest championship of the season.

Last week the draw had a major part to play. Myself and Adam Scott were the only players from our side of the draw who finished in the top-20. It was definitely a three to five shot difference.

In saying that, to finish where I finished coming from that side of the draw shows how well I played. It proved to me that I can really compete at that level. And I played as well as anyone over the weekend. I have momentum to take with me.

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