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USPGA Championship: Lowry proving his mettle on big stage

Shane Lowry can move fast when he needs to.

Having just signed for an eventful 71 in his fog-delayed opening 18 holes at a Major Championship in the US, the beefy Clara lad had just 10 minutes to grab a bite and change his sweat-soaked shirt before he was required to hit the opening shot of his second round at Whistling Straits.

So, we talked on the run. “I suppose one-under is not too bad,” said Lowry.

In fact, the 23-year-old's performance was pretty darned good and even had there been time, nobody would've argued when Lowry suggested: “I really feel there's a score out there for me if I can get it going.”

Lowry dropped three shots in the first five holes of his second round yet he rebounded in typical fashion by chipping in from 30 yards for an eagle two at six.

Lowry was unlucky to leave a birdie putt on the lip at the par-five second and, after hacking out of deep rough at the fourth, his Srixon ball once again stopped one millimetre short of the cup, leaving a tap-in bogey.

Typically, he'd bounce back with a birdie at the par-five fifth, but the final three of holes of that first round offered even better evidence of Lowry's indefatigable nature and strengthened suspicions that he has the perfect nature for golf's Majors.

In his own words “two bad shots led to bogeys at the par-three seventh and par-four eighth, two nerve-jangling holes on the lake shore.

Frustratingly, Lowry's monster drive into the heart of the fairway at eight made his leaked approach to 30 feet even harder to take.

But on the ninth tee moments later, when he slammed another perfect drive miles down the fairway; hit a superlative 140 yards wedge to eight feet and holed the birdie putt.

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