Shane Lowry’s Ryder Cup chances have improved after a strong effort in round two of the BMW PGA Championship.
On the second day of the BMW PGA Championship, Shane Lowry looked to make his move.
Following a second round six-under par 66 at the BMW PGA Championship, Shane Lowry improved his prospects of making the European Ryder Cup team via the automatic berths.
Lowry went into the European Tour’s premier event at Wentworth knowing that a top eight finish would guarantee him a spot in Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team, and he started slowly but steadily with a two-under 70 on day one.
The Irishman, on the other hand, came out for Friday’s second round with a purpose, as his six-under round brought him to eight-under par for the tournament, putting him in a tie for third.
Lowry said after his second round that he was pleased with his first two days in Surrey, but that he believed he could have shot a lower score than his 66 on Friday.
“I came here with a little bit of pressure on me; I needed to perform and play well, which I did the first two days,” he said.
“To be honest, I’m rather content. I felt like I should have gone better than two-under yesterday, and while 66 is a fantastic score around here, I believe I could have shot a few of strokes lower if I had cleaned up a couple of times a little better.
The 34-year-old Irishman started day two as one of the early starters, knowing that he needed to go low to restart his bid for a top-eight finish. The 34-year-old started his second round in great manner, making birdies at two, four, six, and eight to leave him four-under at the turn.
Lowry got back on the birdie trail after four straight birdies to start his back nine, thanks to a brilliant two at the par three 14th, but his efforts were in fruitless as he followed up with a frustrating bogey on the next hole.
Fortunately, the 34-year-old responded admirably by carding back-to-back birdie fours on the final two par fives, 17 and 18, to put him in strong contention for the event and a Ryder Cup spot heading into the weekend.
Lee Westwood, Lowry’s Wentworth playing companion, was one of Lowry’s key challengers for an automatic place coming into this week. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”