CM – « I just had it out there on a string » – Shane Lowry in the mix at Memorial after a solid 69



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Shane Lowry plays a stroke on the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Photo: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Shane Lowry had the ball « on a string » as he showed brilliant driving performance and signed for an excellent 69 opening at the Memorial Tournament in a damp Muirfield Village .

Building on his tie for fourth place alongside Pádraig Harrington in the PGA Championship, the Offaly man lost four holes to four when the game was interrupted due to a dangerous weather situation After restarting at par he was disappointed to find sand in the middle of the fairway on the 17th and miss a five-foot for par before being forced to do a similar putt for par on the 18th / p> « I don’t want to bewitch myself, but I’m driving the ball pretty well right now, » said Lowry, who was the first to hit the tee box. “I think I was pretty good at Kiawah and I had it outside on a string today. Hopefully I can continue like this.

“You have to be on the fairway out here because the rough is so thick and so punishable. I’m not sure if I have ever been to the rough today. A couple of fairway bunkers maybe. ”

With three under he was tied with defending champion Jon Rahm and world number two Justin Thomas, only three shots behind Collin Morikawa, whose six under 66 gave him an advantage over Adam Long.

Harrington found twice water making two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey seven on the 18th in an out seven-over 43 before making three birdies and two bogeys that came home to sign a six-over 78.

At the US Women’s Open, England’s Mel Reid shot a four-under-67 to lead Angel Yin with a shot, while Stephanie Meadow shot six bogeys and one birdie in a five-over at the Olympic Club in San Francisco 76 made. 5.0, US Women’s Open, live, 12 noon, both Sky Sports

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