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Lowry stays optimistic as he eyes summer run in European

By Brian Keogh

Shane Lowry was knocked for six at the last but insisted he's coming into form in the nick of time for a big summer run in Europe. After brilliantly battling high winds all day to go the par-five 18th needing a birdie to break par, the Clara man topped his three-wood approach into the deep fescue and ran up a bogey six for a 73 that left him tied for 47th in the clubhouse on three-over par.

It wasn't the week the 30-year old had in mind, but he believes that an excellent putting performance in the final round, coupled with some improved form in the recent BMW PGA and the Memorial Tournament, bodes well for his trip to the $7m HNA Open de France next week and the upcoming links tests at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and The Open.

"I've a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, even though I'm playing for 35th or 40th or whatever it was," a disappointed Lowry said.

"To bogey the last is very disappointing because I really grinded hard today. It was so tough out there with strong winds and tough pin positions but I played great, holed out great, putted lovely, did everything well. I suppose I did most things well all week and could be standing here in a different scenario, a different position, if I just had of got a few breaks and maybe holed some putts along the way.

"All in all, I suppose it's a pretty decent week. It is just a bit disappointing to bogey the last, that was 10 minutes ago and I am still a bit annoyed."

Leaving the disappointment of the 18th aside, the 30-year old was looking on the bright side after taking just 27 putts - his first sub-30 putting round all week.

Looking forward to the next two months, he said: "We all know Majors are different kettle of fish and it is tough golf.

"You play in the weekend of a Major and you know you are never too far away from a good week.

"I am playing nicely and I have got the French Open, the Irish Open and the Open coming up in the next month. Then obviously we have the (US) PGA after that.

"There's a big couple of months coming up and I feel like my game is in decent condition. I'm really looking foreard to it"

Lowry's share of sixth in the BMW PGA at Wentworth last month remains his lone top 10 finish since he finished second in last year's US Open at Oakmont.

However, he believes he turned the corner and feels ready to start pushing on again in his career.

"I've definitely started to putt better and I think that's the main difference," he said.

"I just need to keep it going. I've a week off and then I'm going to France and see what I can do there."

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