Ireland's Lowry suffers more Dubai frustration
By Matt Smith
DUBAI (Reuters) - Shane Lowry suffered yet more frustration as the Irishman's attempt to top the European Tour money list for a first time floundered after another difficult round in the desert on Friday.
Going into the season-ending $8 million DP World Tour Championship, the world number 18 was one of seven players still in contention to win the Race to Dubai -- the continent's revamped Order of Merit.
However, Thursday's error-strewn opening round of 75 all but ended his chances and although he improved to card a second-round 70 on Friday, Lowry has now set himself more modest goals for the remaining two days.
"It feels like it's playing pretty easy out there. I made a few mistakes, another frustrating day," Lowry told reporters after sinking three bogeys and five birdies for a one-over aggregate total of 145.
"My goal was to shoot 68, get back under par, I'm just not playing well enough to be shooting really low. I feel comfortable on the greens, if I can drive a ball a little bit better tomorrow I could shoot mid-60s," he added.
"I still reckon a good weekend and I can backdoor a top 10-15 finish. That's the goal."
The 28-year-old's form has slumped since winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August. In six subsequent events, he has failed to make the top-50 three times and only troubled the leaderboard at two of them.
"The game has been driving me mad the last three weeks. I'm looking forward to having a decent weekend and nice week off next week, it's badly needed," said Lowry, who began the Dubai event ranked fourth on the money list. Continued...