Shane Lowry’s sublime seven iron to the 11th hole on the final day of the Portugal Masters has earned the Irishman The European Tour Shot of the Month for October.
Despite a stiff breeze at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal, Lowry measured his approach to perfection, punching a seven iron onto the green and into the hole for an eagle two which helped the 25 year old secure a one-shot win over England’s Ross Fisher.
It was Lowry’s second European Tour title, and first as a professional following his win as an amateur at the 2009 Irish Open, and the Dubliner pointed to his moment of magic as the catalyst for his victory march.
He said: “There’s always one shot you look back on whenever you win a tournament, and that was definitely it. It was actually a very difficult shot – I had 138 yards into a strong wind, so I would’ve been happy with anywhere on the green to be honest with you.
“But I hit a beautiful little seven iron which took off straight at the flag, and stayed right on line into the hole. I thought it’d be close but I didn’t know it was in until I heard the roar from the fans beside the green. It was a very special moment on a very special day.”
Lowry’s shot received 35 per cent of the votes polled by the golfing public through My European Tour, ahead of Emiliano Grillo in second place. The Argentine received 29 per cent of the votes for his second shot to the par four ninth hole at the ISPS Handa Perth International, which he holed for an eagle.
One My European Tour fan who voted for the winning shot will now be taking for the fairways in a new pair of customised pair of Footjoy MyJoys after collecting the monthly prize. The November Shot of the Month competition will start shortly with more fantastic shots from the last few weeks to choose from.
Lowry will now go into the season-ending European Tour Shot of the Year competition alongside the previous eight monthly winners: Sergio Garcia (January), Kaymer (February), Paul Casey (March), Louis Oosthuizen (April), Luke Donald (May), Padraig Harrington (June), Ian Poulter (July) and Richie Ramsay (August) and Justin Rose (September).