My patience is being tested: Lowry
Shane Lowry was down-beat after his opening round as the Offaly native carded a two-over, 72.
Lowry opened with a birdie three at the first hole where he hit a five-iron to nine feet and holed the putt, but gave the shot back to the course with a bogey at the second.
He reeled off seven pars before notching his second birdie on the 416-yard par-four ninth. A three-iron off the tee and a wedge to 20 feet set him up for the birdie, and he turned at one-under, very respectable for the conditions. Immediately, though, Lowry gave that shot back to the course with a bogey on 10.
Another bogey on 13, and a three-putt double-bogey at the 16 were daggers to the heart, and though he salvaged something out of it with a birdie four at the 17th, Lowry struggled to find too many positives.
"My patience levels are being tested really quite a lot at the moment.
"I'm trying my best and I feel like I've put in the best week of preparation I've put in for a tournament.
"Even coming here I felt I was playing great the last few days.
"I went out and made three birdies and an eagle on the back nine and shot four-under yesterday in a match with Pádraig (Harrington) and then I go out today and play the back nine in 39. That's just kind of what's happening at the minute," said Lowry.
Darrren Clarke, the 2011 Open winner, shot 75 (five-over) and will struggle to make the cut.
"I had five three-putts. My putting was a disaster," said Clarke.