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Irish Open: Shane Lowry apologetic after smashing club in a fit of rage

By Peter Hutcheon

Shane Lowry apologised to his playing partners Francesco Molinari and Ernie Els yesterday after breaking his putter during the second round of the Irish Open.

The Baltray man said his display of temper which led to the incident was not the sort of thing that should be witnessed on a golf course.

Lowry ended up having to use his wedge as a makeshift putter and didn't do too badly, shooting a second-round 74 which leaves him on four over par for the tournament.

"I broke my putter walking off the green," Lowry explained after his round. "I'm not proud of myself for doing it and I apologised to the lads on the green.

"But I am proud of myself for battling on the way that I did. I'm proud of Dermot, my caddie, for talking me into staying out on the golf course.

"It's not the kind of thing that people want to be seeing or kids want to be seeing out on the golf course."

Although Lowry's putter wasn't badly enough damaged for it to be useless, under Tour rules, the nature of the club had been altered which meant that he couldn't continue to use it.

Instead, he took out his pitching wedge on the greens for 15 of the holes and actually managed three birdies on the back nine.

"I battled really well and played well on the back nine," Lowry continued.

"Golf's a funny game and it can really drive you mad at times.

"This tournament means everything to me. I knew going out there today that if I could get back to level par for the tournament I would be in with a shout going into the weekend.

"I think that got to me on the 12th when I missed a short putt and just got frustrated."

At four over par, Lowry made the cut by a single stroke but even at seven shots off the lead, he won't feel out of the tournament just yet.

All three players in the group will be around for the weekend. Els shot a two-over 73 and is two over for the tournament.

Molinari signed for a 73 yesterday and is also five off the lead at two over par.

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