Late bogey ends Lowry’s hopes in Portugal
Defending champion misses the cut in Vilamoura
Ireland’s Shane Lowry looks dejected after he hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
A bogey at the par-five 17th ended Shane Lowry’s defence of his Portugal Masters title in Vilamoura on Friday as the English duo of Paul Waring and David Lynn and South African Hennie Otto set the pace on 12 under at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course.
Lowry won his first European Tour event as a professional last year and fought hard to make the weekend action before his late bogey scuppered his hopes.
The Offaly golfer started with back-to-back birdies and when he dropped further shots at the sixth and seventh he had slipped out to three over for the tournament.
He then hit a hot streak of five birdies in his next seven holes to move one shot inside the cut on two under before the six on the penultimate hole left him requiring a birdie on the last.
Lowry had an opportunity but left his attempt short to end his stay on the Algarve.
Playing in the same group, Waring and Otto recorded 14 birdies and one eagle between them – Waring returning a flawless 63 and Otto a 64.
Lynn, still struggling with the virus which affected him during last week’s Seve Trophy, had shared the overnight lead on six under and late in the day carded his second consecutive 65 with four birdies and an eagle from just six feet on the par-five 12th.
Waring, who enjoyed the first top-five finish of his European Tour career in the Spanish Open in April and has had three more top-10s since, said: “I think the lovely weather’s had a bit of a hand in it. I played nice, kept control of my golf ball well, hit it close a few times and holed a few putts.
“I’ve been playing better for the last few months; I lost by one in Valencia, two in Gleneagles, been knocking on the door a few times so it’s nice to keep myself in contention week on week.”
Waring, playing on a medical exemption after an operation on a serious wrist injury, is currently 86th on the Race to Dubai and added: “If I can get into one of these big four events (the inaugural Final Series) at the end of the season that would be great.
“I am not going to put too much pressure on myself, I’ve had a medical (exemption) all year so it’s nice to get back into a proper category for next year.”
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger completed a 65 to lie one shot off the lead on 11 under alongside Scotland’s Chris Doak, who had five birdies and an eagle in his flawless 64 and is yet to drop a shot this week.