ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The world’s best golfers prevailed in the third round of the 150th Open Championship at the Old Course in St Andrews early Saturday – none more so than Shane Lowry of Ireland.
Lowry, the 2019 Open champion at Royal Portrush, had back-to-back chip-in eagles in 9th and 10th places, both par 4s. He was the first player in 21 years to have back-to-back Eagles at The Open; Phil Mickelson did this on consecutive par 5 holes at Royal Lytham in 2001.
The Eagles helped push Lowry into contention for another Claret Jug. After starting the round on 4 under, he was 9 under after 10 holes.
The par 4, 352 yard ninth hole was the easiest on the Old Course this week. Lowry’s Eagle was 14th on the hole; there were also 160 birdies. However, he was the tournament’s first eagle on the par-4 10th.
It was only the fourth time this season that a PGA Tour player had back-to-back Eagles in a round. It’s the only time since early 2003, when ShotLink tracking began, that multiple Eagles have been recorded on par-4s in a major, according to ESPN Stats & Information’s investigation.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2022
Lowry had made just one career eagle on 548 previous holes at The Open. That came in Muirfield in 2013.
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34252752/watch-shane-lowry-do-improbable-consecutive-holes-open Watch golfer Shane Lowry do the improbable on consecutive holes at the Open Championship