Shane Lowry wins European Tour's shot of the year award
Last Updated: 05/01/16 11:24am
Shane Lowry’s tournament-winning approach in to the final hole of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational has been voted the 2015 European Tour Shot of the Year.
The Irishman held a one-shot lead heading to the 18th tee at Firestone Country Club, but appeared to have put his hopes of a maiden victory in America in doubt when he pulled his drive in to the trees.
With 130 yards and plenty of trouble separating him from a front-left pin, Lowry made a great connection from a treacherous lie to clear one set of trees and clip the branches of another just short of the green, seeing his ball land 12 feet from the cup.
A final-hole birdie then wrapped up a two-stroke win for Lowry, giving the 28-year-old a first World Golf Championship title.
"It's a huge honour to win European Tour Shot of the Year, it's a shot I will never forget," Lowry told the European Tour. "It was actually a pretty horrific lie.
"It was sitting down in a hole. It was almost like someone had stood on it, but it was where the crowd was walking.
"I just said to Dermot (Byrne, his caddie), I'll try and hit sand wedge and just get it down to the front of the green. I pulled it a bit too low and went into the tree. The rest is history."
The approach through the trees, which was also voted as the Sky Sports Shot of the Year last month, was selected by European Tour readers ahead of competition including Miguel Angel Jimenez's Wentworth ace and Matt Fitzpatrick's chip at the British Masters.
Lowry returns to competitive action next week in Malaysia, when he's part of Darren Clarke's European side for the EurAsia Cup - live on Sky Sports.
Watch the video above to see Lowry's winning shot