Shane Lowry makes insane Arnold Palmer Invitational historical past


Shane Lowry’s finest end on the Arnold Palmer Invitational got here a 12 months in the past, when he shot an 8-over 80 within the third spherical and completed 67th.

In his 4 different appearances at Bay Hill, the Irishman missed the lower every time.

And but, Lowry, who acquired a sponsor’s exemption this week, leads by himself after day one, due to an impressive 6-under 66.

“Golf’s a humorous recreation,” Lowry mentioned.

“I’ve struggled with [Bay Hill] through the years. I got here right here as a result of it’s a pleasant place to go. It’s clearly an ideal match, an enormous match, and I’m very proud of that as we speak. Possibly that’s the form of rating I must shoot round right here to offer myself the arrogance to exit and play my recreation round right here.”

Shane Lowry, PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational

Shane Lowry on the tenth gap throughout the first spherical of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Picture by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures

Lowry’s 66 happened due to a historic run between the tenth and twelfth holes.

After capturing a 1-under 35 on the entrance 9, Lowry turned to the again facet, which performed a lot simpler than the opening 9 holes.

He caught his method at 10 to 4 ft and made birdie.

On the subsequent gap, the robust par-4 eleventh, Lowry rolled in a 35-footer to get to 3-under on the day.

Then, on the par-5 twelfth, the Irishman hit his second shot from 277 yards to 18 ft away. He rolled that putt in for an eagle three and made historical past within the course of.

Lowry grew to become the primary participant to make three consecutive threes on the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth holes, per the PGA Tour,

However the man from County Offaly was not completed.

He poured in a 20-footer for birdie on the thirteenth, to shortly get to 6-under.

Identical to that, Lowry sat atop the leaderboard.

“It’s humorous. While you’re on the market taking part in, and also you get on a run like that, it does really feel fairly straightforward,” Lowry mentioned of his historic four-hole stretch.

“Look, I most likely by no means have seen it play as straightforward on a day as I did as we speak. Clearly, we acquired a little bit of rain on Tuesday evening; we would have gotten just a little bit final evening, which helped us just a little bit. It’s usually one of many firmest golf programs we play, and I’m certain over the weekend, it’s going to agency up and turn out to be actually tough, however clearly, 66 is a extremely good begin.”

Lowry additionally known as the situations “benign.”

The wind died down on Thursday at Bay Hill, producing perfect area scoring situations. Sometimes, the scoring common performs over par, however for the primary spherical, it performed 71.5—a half stroke below par.

However the Irishman is aware of issues will get tougher because the week progresses. Temperatures within the excessive 80s and winds hovering round 20 miles per hour will burn Bay Hill out, turning it right into a U.S. Open-like environment.

“I’m not taking something with no consideration going on the market [Friday],” Lowry mentioned.

“I’m nonetheless going on the market and attempt to hit the primary fairway and attempt to hit the primary inexperienced and try to gap my first putt. Golf is as easy and as arduous as that. I’m not going to get forward of myself.”

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. Be sure you try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.



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