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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Winner: Shane Lowry

Around the wider world of golf: Hannah Burke won the Tipsport Golf Masters on the LET; Gerina Piller (on the LPGA) better get to work because her husband Martin just made the Digital Ally Open his second win this season on the Tour; Jeff Maggert made the Shaw Charity Classic his third win of the season on the Champions Tour; and JJ Henry beat Kyle Reifers at the Barracuda Championship, the alternate field event on the PGA Tour.

Shane Lowry holds WGC-Bridgestone trophy

Firestone CC broke Jim Furyk's heart yet again... but this time it took Justin Rose, Bubba Watson and assorted other golfers along for the ride.

And in the process it introduced American golf fans to Shane Lowry.

Well, maybe some of you knew who he was. If you watch any of the ET coverage on GC, you've seen him quite often. I know I've enjoyed watching him play. In case he's new to you, let me give you a quick introduction to the newest WGC champ.

His career as an amateur was pretty impressive; besides the typical titles like the 2007 Irish Amateur Close Championship and the 2008 Sotogrande Nations Cup, he was only the third amateur to win a professional tournament -- the 2009 Irish Open that gained him his European Tour card. He added the 2012 Portugal Masters and a couple of runner-up finishes since. But this WGC is definitely his coming out party in America.

There will be a lot of talk about his short game -- it IS pretty awesome -- and that wedge he hoisted over a tree on the 10th hole. You know, the Bubba-esque shot that stopped a mere foot from the hole for a tap-in birdie. Oh yeah, and that approach through the trees on 18 that locked up the win. If you've seen any of the ET coverage, none of that really surprised you.

There will likely also be some talk of where he got that tough attitude; look no farther than his father Brendan, who his ET bio says was a famous Gaelic footballer who won the All-Ireland Championship with County Offaly in 1982. Tough guys, those Gaelic footballers... no pads.

But I think all you have to do is look at the man himself. He has a working man's attitude; he appreciates what he has and the work -- and help -- it took to get it. I think American fans will be as attracted to Shane Lowry as the Irish fans are.

I wanted to do something special for Shane's first PGA Tour win. Perhaps I've seen too many bad leprechaun movies but I think this Limerick Summary sounds sort of Irish. I hope he likes it!
An Irish Houdini he was!
Lowry’s short game created a buzz
First at home, now abroad.
And his new fans applaud
As he joins a new Tour, yes he does.
The photo comes from the sports section at the RTÉ site. (Yes, it's an Irish site. What did you expect?)

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