Swinging in the rain not Lowry’s idea of fun

Phil Casey - Editor 05:21 09/08/2014
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Furious: Shane Lowry was left fuming after his second round.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry felt it was “a joke” that play started in a torren­tial downpour on the second day of the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Lowry was in the first group out at 7:30am local time, but was un­able to complete the opening hole before play was suspended.

To make matters worse, the 27-year-old and playing partners Ryan Palmer and Bob Sowards were kept out on the course as officials felt the rain would clear quickly.

“I think to be honest, when we were playing the first hole, it was a joke,” said Lowry, who bogeyed the first two holes and shot a 74 after his opening 68. “You couldn’t see the flight of the ball after 150 yards.

“I called the referee over and said it to him but he said ‘No, play on’. Then we were standing at the back of the first green for an hour, standing in the rain, nowhere to sit down, nothing to do.

“From there on it was just a grind for me all day. I’m obviously quite disappointed with the score I shot but it could have been a lot worse. I made a few par saves out there and my head was a bit off all day.”

The heavy rain also meant it was quite dark when play began and Lowry added: “It was their call and we had to deal with it. I feel like we should have been taken in.

“It set the tone for my whole day which was disappointing because, the golf I’m playing at the minute, I really felt I could go out there, shoot a decent score and put myself in a good position in to the weekend.”

Palmer shrugged off the condi­tions to add a second round of 70 to his opening 65 and finish seven-un­der par, two behind Rory McIlroy.

“It was tough when we teed off,” Palmer said. “I wasn’t quite sure if we should have teed off, you could barely see the fairway.

“We were questioning in the fair­way why we had to hit into a puddle because the first green was already under water. They said, ‘That’s just golf’. We’re like, tell the guy indoors that’s making the decision to come check it out, because it’s wet.

“When we got to the green, sure enough, it was casual water all over the green. They tried squeegeeing it and they couldn’t even do that.

“Fortunately it lightened up like they said it would and we were able to continue. I was able to hit great shots coming in and birdied the last two holes. It’s nice to go relax this afternoon sitting at seven under.”

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