Dunlop Phoenix Tournament

Lowry third in Japan as G-Mac struggles on greens

No champagne but Toshinori Muto didn’t care after winning the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament by four shots with a closing 63.Shane Lowry finished tied for third but Graeme McDowell ended up a disappointing 38th as Japan’s Toshinori Muto won the 54-hole Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan.

McDowell refuses to throw in the towel

Graeme McDowell suffered in the showers as he signed for a soggy 71. Shane Lowry might be just four shots off the lead but Graeme McDowell still believes he can mount a weekend charge and come from eight back in the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan.

Northern Ireland - land of the rising sum

Graeme McDowell in action in Japan on Thursday. In 2013, he could be playing the Irish Open in his home town of Portrush.Irish professional golfers were in action in at least four countries on three continents yesterday from the Kruger National Park in South Africa and tropical Malaysia to the Land of the Rising Sun and the southern United States. Back home the government of Northern Ireland was promising to do all its power to make sure the world comes to Ireland - specifically to Portrush - for a major tournament in 2013.

Lowry claims joint third in Japan

Shane Lowry claimed the biggest cheque of his professional career and his best finish since his Irish Open victory when he tied for third behind Italy's Edoardo Molinari in the €1.5 m Dunlop Phoenix Tournament on Sunday.

Molinari claimed his fourth win of the season and his third in his last five starts when he made a four footer on the second play-off hole to beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson after both players had tied on 13-under 271.

Lowry closed with a four under par 67 to share third with Hirofumi Miyase on seven under par and earn 11.6m yen (around €88,000).

Lowry up to 12th in Dunlop Phoenix

Shane Lowry continued his upward trend in the Land of the Rising Sun by moving to tied 12th entering the final round of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.

The Irish Open champion, 22, had five birdies and three bogeys in a 69 to get to three under par in Japan.

He trails Italy's Edoardo Molinari by five shots after the Italian winner of this year’s Challenge Tour rankings also shot a two-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead in the €1.5m Japan Golf Tour event.

Lowry on the rise in Dunlop Phoenix

Shane Lowry moved up from 53rd to tied 20th at the halfway stage of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan.

Big in Japan - Shane Lowry in action in round twoPlaying on a sponsors' invitation, the Irish Open champion fired six birdies and three bogeys in a three under par 68 to make the cut with five shots to spare.

Lowry big in Japan with Dunlop invite

Shane Lowry will bring his rookie season to an end by taking on Vijay Singh in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Just a mock up, but Lowry will be in Asia's shop window for real in November.The Irish Open champion, 22, has been given an invitation to tee it up in the Japan Golf Tour’s €1.5m Dunlop Phoenix Tournament from November 19-22.

At least that’s the plan, providing Shane doesn’t make up the €370,000 plus deficit that is keeping him out of the season-ending Dubai World Championship, which takes place the same week.

Harrington set for Tiger showdown

Padraig Harrington will partner Tiger Woods in the third round of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan and get a major boost.

The Dubliner, 35, fired a four under par 66 in $1.7 million event at Phoenix Country Club to get to seven under par and trail the world No 1 by just one stroke at halfway.

Harrington's round the world odyssey

Cash machine Padraig Harrington is preparing a massive €22 million world tour tour to finish off his season in style.

The in-form Dubliner plans to rack up the money with lucrative visits to Spain, China, Japan, South Africa, Babados and the United States between now and Christmas.