Shane Lowry  plays his second shot on the eighth hole during day two of the Irish Open at Mount Juliet. “It’ll be nice for the crowds to have the Irish lads out there [over the weekend],” he said.   Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

“Mashed potatoes,” came the roar from a group of teenage boys as Rory McIlroy hit his tee-shot from the par three third hole, the idiotic shout that f(...)