Shane Lowry claims first PGA Tour win at Firestone
Irish golfer clinches victory by two strokes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational event
Shane Lowry celebrates during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Photograph: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images
Ireland’s Shane Lowry, helped by sensational recovery shots at the 10th and 18th that both led to birdies, clinched his first PGA Tour victory by two strokes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.
Two off the pace heading into the final round at Firestone Country Club, Lowry overhauled third-round leaders Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, and held off a charging Bubba Watson with a closing four-under-par 66 in overcast conditions.
The Irishman, ranked 48th in the world, registered four birdies and several clutch par saves in a flawless display on a tree-lined layout where danger lurked at every corner to post an 11-under total of 269.
American left-hander Watson, bidding for his third PGA Tour victory this season, also signed off with a 66 to secure second place in an elite field of 77 players at the World Golf Championships event.