If you hadn’t heard of Shane Lowry before yesterday, we bet the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational changed all that. In the absence of defending champion Rory McIlroy, his fellow Irishman was given the chance to shine. Prior to the Bridgestone Invitational, most of 28-year old Lowry’s golfing achievements have been on a local scale. He was the winner of the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009. Now, after his stunning closing round of 66, he’s up there on the international arena with the likes of Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and of course, McIlroy himself. His win is not just a cause for celebration in the golf world, it’s also another chance to party for the Lowry clan. After all, younger sibling, Alan Lowry, has just scored a decisive victory of his own at the Mullingar Scratch Cup at their home club in County Offaly. We’ll have that cake with icing on top, thanks very much.
As the newest of the big players, Lowry’s goals have understandably become farther-reaching. “I want to play in the Olympics. I’m very patriotic, so I want to play for my country. This obviously puts me right in a good position to be in the Olympics next year. The Olympics and the Ryder Cup are two big things on my list next year. This is definitely a step in the right direction.” If Lowry’s Olympic dreams come to fruition, he is likely to come up against McIlroy for the chance to gain Ireland a gold medal. Two Irish Bridgestone champions pitting for the top? We’re personally on tenterhooks.