Lowry's prayers answered as he breaks Top 50 hoodoo

Lowry's prayers answered as he breaks Top 50 hoodoo

It was almost fitting that a silent prayer — or possibly something more profane — flashed through Shane Lowry’s mind as his drive leaked unerringly towards the rocky stream that wends its way up the middle of the 18th fairway on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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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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