McIlroy lurking as first ace keeps Lowry in touch in Dubai

McIlroy lurking as first ace keeps Lowry in touch in Dubai

He might have been furious to miss two short birdie putts on the last two greens but after a surreal day alongside pal Rory McIlroy that brought him his first competitive hole in one, Shane Lowry was quietly pleased to remain in contention for the DP World Tour Championship.

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Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

Shane Lowry may not be able to lift 275lb weights as world number one Rory McIlroy did in a gym session in Dubai earlier this week but the affable Offaly man shrugged a huge burden off his broad shoulders when he opened with a superb six under 66 in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship.

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Irish golf loses 33% of its tour strength as Lawrie, Thornton, Maybin and Phelan fail at Q-School

Irish golf loses 33% of its tour strength as Lawrie, Thornton, Maybin and Phelan fail at Q-School

As Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy raced to the top of the leaderboard in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship the grim reality of Ireland's mythical conveyor belt of tour stars hit home with a glance at the results from the European Tour Qualifying Stage in Catalonia. Twelve months ago we had 12 players with full European Tour cards. Now we have eight.

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