SHANE Lowry is eager to wrap up his low round of the week after suffering the worst of the weather for the third day in a row to stay in the pack at the US PGA Championship in wet and windy Southern Hills.
Clara’s man, who has the longest active cutting streak in the majors at 12 in a row, made two birdies and three bogeys on a one-over 71 to share 36th place in the clubhouse at three over par, four shots behind. Webb Simpson, who set a target of one under with an impressive 65.
“It was good,” said Lowry, who bogeyed the par-three eighth to make one, then followed up a birdie on the 12th with back-to-back bogeys after visiting the green sand on the 15th and 16th before picking up a splash shot. to six feet in the manageable 17.
“I wanted to go out there and try to shoot two under par. I felt if I could get to par or even below par, I might have a bit of a nose tomorrow with the conditions.
“It was so hard trying to hit him close and so hard to make birdies. Then I did a couple of sloppy bogeys on the way in.
“I think a big goal for tomorrow would be to get back into the red for the tournament.
“So four under would be a good score for me tomorrow. If I can go out there and get a decent score and get something out of the week, I’ll be very happy.”
Lowry had the worst weather in all three rounds but refused to make excuses.
“I stood up at first and I think I had about 80 yards to the flag yesterday and I had 210 yards this morning, so that was an eye-opener for me right away,” he joked.
“It’s been a grind and a battle. I’m not going to stand here and make excuses. It was pretty frustrating sitting at home and watching golf yesterday afternoon, I have to say. But it is what it is.”
“You take the rough with the smooth and move on. Obviously, there are over 80 guys on the field who got the wrong end of the draw and I’m one of them.
“It’s disappointing and hard to win a major from the wrong side of the draw. But some guys were on my side of the draw, so it couldn’t be undone.”
As for his streak of 12 cuts in a row in the majors, one more than Jon Rahm, he said, “I wouldn’t be looking for 12 cuts, I’d be looking for a win in the last 12. Take 11 missed cuts and a win at any time.”
Tiger Woods limped into his highest round since sustaining serious leg injuries in a car accident 15 months ago when he signed for a nine-over par 79.
A PGA champion at Southern Hills in 2007, he bogeyed the second, then dropped nine shots over eight holes to finish last in the 79-man field at 12-over.
He hit a par 13 for the first but found water on the second tee, then triple-bogeyed the sixth par three after finding more water on the tee and missing the green with his third from the zone. drop.
He then bogeyed in the seventh before bogeying five straight in a major for the first time in his career before taking a hit back in the 15th.
Asked if the rapid changeover overnight made it difficult for him to prepare in time to deal with the cold and rainy conditions in Tulsa, he said, “Well, not bad. I just didn’t play well. I didn’t hit the ball very well and I didn’t get the start I needed.
“I thought I had a good shot off the tee and ended up in the water, and I never really had any kind of momentum on my side.”
On his streak of nine dropped shots in eight holes since the sixth, and five bogeys in a row since the ninth, he said, “Well, I couldn’t get off the bogey train there, or another train, too.
“Like I said, I just didn’t do it, I didn’t do anything right. I didn’t make a lot of good shots. Consequently, I ended up with a pretty high score.”
Woods’ highest score in a major remains the 10 out of 81 he recorded in strong winds in the third round of The Open at Muirfield in 2002.
He required ice baths and physical therapy between rounds to help mobilize his right leg, which was being held together with pins and screws, and hoped to be ready for the final round.
“Well, I’m sore,” he said. “I know that to be a fact. We’ll do some work and see how it goes.”