WATCH: Former Open champion Shane Lowry goes low after hour’s drive to buy new putter

Shane Lowry walks with his new putter at the PGA CJ Cup. Picture: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Shane Lowry walks with his new putter at the PGA CJ Cup. Picture: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Published Oct 22, 2022


Washington - Ireland's Shane Lowry, the 2019 British Open champion, surprised shoppers at a golf store after accidentally breaking his putter during the PGA CJ Cup.

Using his newly purchased putter, Lowry fired a four-under par 67 on Friday to stand on seven-under 135, four off the lead after 36 holes at Congaree Golf Club at Ridgeland, South Carolina.

"New putter was OK," Lowry said. "Behaved early on, but then left a few short. It's funny when you're kind of not used to something, but yeah, it was fine."

Lowry responded Friday with birdies on four of the first eight holes and holed another birdie putt from just inside 10 feet at 13 before his lone bogey at 15.

Lowry broke his putter during Thursday's opening round and was forced to make his shopping trip as the course equipment trailers had departed the course on Wednesday.

"It just snapped in half, one of those freak things," Lowry said.

"I was pulling my putter out of the bag and as it came out, it fell. Tried to flick it up with my foot and I caught it like right where the graphite meets the steel on those shafts and it just snapped in half.

"I had to like pick Matt Fitzpatrick off the ground from laughing."

Lowry used a lob wedge as a putter before he agent retrieved a putter from a member's bag in the clubhouse to complete the round.

After that, he drove an hour to Bluffton, South Carolina, to a PGA Tour Superstore, where equipment maker Odyssey sent a putter for him and he also purchased a new putter for $229.

"My shopping experience was great," Lowry said. "I bought another one just in case."

While the workers had been tipped off there was a major champion on the way to the store directly from the course, fellow shoppers were a bit startled to see a major winner among them.

"They were really nice and couldn't have been any more helpful," Lowry said of the staff. "The customers were doing a couple of double takes. It was fine. Never a dull moment."

Meanwhile, Jon Rahm fired a course record nine-under par 62 to seize a share of the lead with American Kurt Kitayama after Friday's second round.

The 27-year-old Spaniard rolled in ten birdies, split evenly across the front and back nines but closed with his only bogey to stand on 11-under 131 after 36 holes at Congaree Golf Club.

"Right from the get go my speed was good and felt confident and the rest of the game accompanied the putting," Rahm said.

Fifth-ranked Rahm, who struggled with green speed in an opening 69, broke the old Congaree course record of 64 set last year by American Chesson Hadley.