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Shane Lowry Makes Irish Open Cut After Spectacular Finish, With Power Top 5

Shane Lowry Makes Irish Open Cut After Spectacular Finish, With Power Top 5
By Colman Stanley Updated

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Shane Lowry looked dead buried in the Irish Open today. With the cut switching between two and three under, the home favourite was struggling on one over par with just four holes to play.

Lowry, who is no stranger to entertaining the crowd at the Irish Open, treated them to three birdies in a row on 15, 16, and 17.

However, he still needed a three on the last to ensure he would make the weekend. With a strong wind off the left and after a long discussion with caddie 'Bo', he struck a sumptuous iron shot to 19 feet. It far from a gimme but he rattled it home pace to send the gallery into raptures.

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Irish Open Heroics From Lowry

Lowry has always been vocal about his love for the Irish Open, and you could feel him feeding off the energy of a crowd that was willing him on. It felt as if he did it for them.

His playing partner and Ryder Cup teammate Tyrell Hatton failed to make the cut, but his compatriot Seamus Power finished the best of the Irish contingent at eight under and is just three shots off leader Jorge Campillo.

Power's round was filled with some spectacular shots including a 7 wood out of a fairway bunker to set up an eagle chance on the 10th, and a lovely 30 foot putt for birdie on the 11th.

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Padraig Harrington and Niall Kearney are also just inside the cut line on three under. Unfortunately John Murphy, whom we interviewed recently, will not be around for the weekend after shooting a disappointing eight over par for his round.

Earlier, ex-European Tour pro and RTE pundit John McHenry spoke to Balls and gave his thoughts on the Irish Open and what it means to the fans.

"The atmosphere is always very special around an Irish Open. I think there's a great expectation amongst the Irish audience. They're very knowledgeable, the golf course is always in tremendous condition. But I think this year we've got some good players on form. Padraig Harrington's just won the Senior Championship [Senior US Open], and Shane Lowry's in great form, and I think that obviously Seamus Power coming back to compete in the Irish Open is a great plus for the event."

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