Shane Lowry narrowly missed qualifying for next week's Tour Championship after finishing in 31st place in the FedEx Rankings. The top 30 golfers after the weekend's event were guaranteed a spot in the Tour Championship, but after a wonder shot from Adam Scott on the 18th, Lowry missed out.
This fantastic bunker shot from Adam Scott didn't only demolish Shane Lowry's Tour Championship hopes, but it also cost the Offaly native a potentially huge purse.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 21, 2022
The former Masters champion had to save par to guarantee a spot in the top 30, and if he didn't, Lowry would have made the cut. Scott found himself in the bunker after his second shot on 18, and then was in the bunker again with his third shot. The fantastic approach shot from the bunker cost Lowry a minimum of $500k and a potential $18 million if he had won the overall Tour Championship.
Adam Scott has to get up and down from a bunker or Shane Lowry goes to the Tour Championship instead. It’s somewhere between a $500,000 and $18M shot 😱
— Nathan Hubbard (@NathanCHubbard) August 21, 2022
Shane Lowry on his final round
The 2020 Open champion shot a final round 68, three-under-par, placing him in 12th place of the BMW championship. Ultimately, it was his three put bogey on the 17th that cost Lowry a place in the top 30 of the FedEx standings.
He finished the tournament in a tie for 12th.
Speaking to Sky Sports after his final round, Shane Lowry said:
"I thought I was too far back to make a run at the tournament so in my mind, I was trying to get to East Lake."
Despite the disappointing result to the final round, Lowry was happy with how he played overall.
"I played great golf. My season was looking over after nine holes yesterday and I’m six-under for my last 27 holes around here in very tough conditions which was pretty good.
"I’m proud of the way I played. A disappointing three-putt on 17 but it is what it is.
"I feel like I’ve had a pretty good season on the PGA Tour. I’ve only played 18 events and to be in this position with only 18 events, I feel like that’s pretty good golf.
It's a blow for Lowry to miss out on next week's event, but if history is anything to go by, the Irish man will likely be back stronger.