Offaly golfer Shane Lowry has admitted he is ‘only human’ and is already imagining wearing the famous US Masters winning green jacket, after a blistering 68 on the first day at Augusta National yesterday.
The likeable golfer, who had his biggest success when he beat Bubba Watson by two strokes at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, is the top European on the leaderboard, just behind Jordan Spieth’s six-under, and joint second with Kiwi Danny Lee.
“I’m sure I’m going to be sitting back tonight thinking at some stage about wearing a green jacket. I’m only human. I’m going to do that,” Lowry said on the thoughts of winning his first Major.
“But I’ve just got to kind of give myself a slap in the face and get myself back into reality and try to get down to business and keep hitting good shots and see where that leaves me at the end of the week.
Lowry had a chance to go second on his own when he reached five-under par, after a rip-roaring four consecutive birdies through the second to sixth hole.
Lowry also did a superb job of keeping his cool when faced with a US presenter’s name mishap:
ESPN interviewer just called @ShaneLowryGolf “Shane McLowry”!😂😂
— Ben Egan (@BenEgan91) April 7, 2016
Going in to Day Two six of the top ten on the leaderboard were Europeans, as McIlroy bogeyed 16 and 18 for a two-under 70.
Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldsen, and Sergio Garcia all sit on 69.
In terms of the Irish contingent Graeme McDowell recorded a level-par 72, and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke filed 76.