Coming up just short in a major is always a painful experience, but Shane Lowry’s U.S. Open loss was particularly rough.
The USGA’s waffling about Dustin Johnson’s penalty cast a cloud of uncertainty over the final round. Lowry initially said that he hadn’t been bothered by the confusion, but on Wednesday he conceded that the situation did affect his play.
“I did my interviews and I said it didn’t affect me at all,” he said before his title defense at the WGC-Bridgestone. “But when I look back on it, it did.”
The lack of clarity about what Johnson’s score really was made strategizing difficult. For a time, Lowry believed that Johnson would not be penalized.
“We then stood on the 16th tee and went, ‘Right, we’re two behind,’ whereas we were only one behind,” he said.
Lowry entered the last round with a four-shot lead and wound up shooting a 76. He finished T2.