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Golf | Shane Lowry ready to battle to make cut at Irish Open

It was a day to forget for one of the pre-tournament favourites at today's Irish Open, as Clara native Shane Lowry shot a five-over-par on the 70 par course at Galgorm.

Eight bogeys along the way did little to lift his game as the 2009 winner of the same tournament found himself tied for 97th place.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after a tough day, the Offaly golfer was unsurprisingly honest.

"It was a comedy of errors out there.

"I executed my shots really badly and I shot really badly on the greens. I really wanted to do well but it is what it is."

Pragmatically, Lowry admitted that there wasn't anything he could do about it in the aftermath of a day that saw South Africa’s Dean Burmester involved in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard, with English duo Jordan Smith and Aaron Rai, all shooting a five-under-par, with compatriot Toby Tree just one shot off the lead.

Lowry did add however, " I just have to go out tomorrow and fight to make the cut."

Lowry will be out early again on Friday, at 9.25, and will be hoping to dramatically up his game to avoid an early finish to the tournament that few would have predicted.

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