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Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry rally to win Zurich Classic team event in a playoff



NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry obtained a standing ovation at historic, creole French Quarter restaurant Arnaud’s on the eve of their last spherical on the Zurich Traditional of New Orleans crew occasion.

Additionally they had the biggest, loudest galleries on the TPC Louisiana, the place the charismatic, 34-year-old McIlroy, had not beforehand performed.

“He is getting previous, however he nonetheless strikes the needle a bit bit,” Lowry joked as McIlroy chuckled. “Rory brings a crowd and other people love him and we have gotten a variety of love in New Orleans. We have had simply the most effective week.”

McIlroy and Lowry received Sunday, beating Chad Ramey and Martin Coach with a nervy par on the primary gap of a playoff.

Coach pushed a 6-foot par putt to the appropriate of the cup to finish it, with Lowry lifting a laughing McIlroy off the bottom with a bear hug on the inexperienced.

“To win any PGA Tour occasion could be very cool, however to do it with considered one of your closest associates — we’ve identified one another for a protracted, very long time, most likely like over 20 years,” McIlroy stated. “To consider the place we met and the place we’ve come from, to be on this stage and do that collectively — actually, actually cool journey that we’ve been part of.”

McIlroy, of Northern Eire, received his twenty fifth PGA Tour title and first of the season. Lowry, of Eire, claimed his third PGA Tour victory. Every walked away with about $1.29 million and 400 FedEx Cup factors apiece.

“Folks have come out within the 1000’s to help us. It’s not misplaced on me how cool that’s,” McIlroy stated. “Each time I get to play in entrance of 1000’s of individuals, the little boy in me simply thinks it’s so cool and so thrilling.”

The Irish tandem closed with a 4-under 68 within the alternate-shot last spherical in windy circumstances to match Ramey and Coach at 25-under 263.

Ramey and Coach started the day tied for twenty seventh at 16 underneath and shot to the highest of the leaderboard with 9 birdies between the seventh and 18th holes. They tied the alternate-shot match file of 63, however then needed to wait practically three hours to see if their lead would arise.

“That was to our benefit,” McIlroy stated. “I really feel for Martin and Chad a bit bit. They performed an unbelievable spherical of golf. To shoot 63 on the market in these circumstances in foursomes is tremendous spectacular.”

Coach opened the playoff gap by pulling his drive into the left tough,. Ramey additionally yanked his method left off the cart path and into the wall under the suites across the 18th inexperienced. Coach then chipped brief earlier than Ramey lastly acquired his crew on the inexperienced.

“Clearly, golf is tough, and generally it doesn’t go your manner,” Coach stated. “We did the most effective we may and had an opportunity, and that’s all you’ll be able to ask for, actually.”

Ramey stated he and Coach have been upset, however pressured that, “There’s a variety of actually good issues to take from this week, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Lowry narrowly missed his mark twice on the playoff gap, placing an method in a bunker after which leaving a birdie putt for the victory on the sting of the cup.

However Lowry had come via when he needed to on the ultimate regulation gap, forcing the playoff with a brief birdie putt on the par-5 18th, capitalizing on McIlroy’s deft lofted chip from the apron that stopped near the pin.

Ryan Brehm and Mark Hubbard practically made the playoff as effectively. Needing a birdie, they went lengthy off the 18th inexperienced on their second shot. Hubbard’s chip up the again apron stopped brief on the perimeter, however Brehm nonetheless practically sank a birdie putt, leaving the ball close to the appropriate fringe of the cup as the gang gasped. They completed third at 24 underneath.

Former BYU teammates Patrick Fishburn and Zach Blair, the leaders via three rounds, have been nonetheless tied for the lead heading to the par-3 seventeenth, solely to make a double bogey after Blair’s tee shot landed proper of the inexperienced and Fishburn chipped brief. They wound up in a four-way tie for fourth at 23 underneath.

McIlroy and Lowry started the day two pictures off the lead. They opened the spherical with Lowry’s tee shot into the woods on the appropriate aspect of the outlet, they usually bogeyed two of their first three holes earlier than starting their cost on the seventh, the place McIlroy made the primary of 4 birdie putts over the following 5 holes.

McIlroy had two mis-hits down the stretch that would have been expensive, leaving an method shot effectively in need of the inexperienced on the par-4 thirteenth and hitting brief right into a fairway bunker on the brief par-4 sixteenth.

Lowry chipped to about 10 ft and McIlroy saved par on 13. On 16, Lowry discovered the left aspect of the inexperienced along with his method shot from the sand and McIlroy sank a right-breaking birdie putt to elevate his crew right into a tie for first at 25-under.

“With the ability to depend on one another a bit bit, I believe that’s what actually helped us,” McIlroy stated.

The Irishmen bogeyed 17 after Lowry’s pale tee shot landed within the gallery proper of the inexperienced and McIlroy’s chip over the ridge of a bunker ran previous the outlet.

That meant they must have a birdie on 18 to drive a playoff. They acquired it, beginning with McIlroy’s clutch, booming tee shot into the water-lined fairway.

Earlier than leaving the TPC Louisiana grounds, McIlroy and Lowry walked onstage whereas the New Orleans-based Eighties cowl band The Molly Ringwalds was performing a post-tournament live performance. The band gave McIlroy a microphone, and he serenaded the gang, singing Journey’s “Do not Cease Believin’.”

“The explanation that Shane and I each began to play golf is as a result of we thought it was enjoyable all through our life,” McIlroy stated. “Reinjecting a bit little bit of that enjoyable again into it in every week like this week, it might all the time assist.”


A earlier model of this story misidentified the band with which McIlroy sang on the Zurich Traditional. The band was the Molly Ringwalds.


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