Lowe trailed by six shots entering the final round, after carding a 4-over 75 in the morning round. “It was a bad morning for morale,” Lowe said. “I felt like everything was going ok and I just somehow shot four-over.” However, the 21-year old rising senior at University of Richmond remained positive and determined entering the final 18 holes. “I told my dad I’m going to shoot 8-under to win,” said Lowe.
Despite a disappointing approach shot on the first hole in the afternoon, Lowe sank a 45-footer for birdie to begin his quest for the trophy. After quality iron shots and pars on the next four holes, Lowe strung together four-straight birdies to turn in 5-under—which quickly launched him near the top of a jammed leaderboard, where 11 competitors stood within two strokes of the lead.
Though his momentum slowed with a bogey on the par-four 10th, he quickly responded with four birdies over the next five holes. “All of a sudden I wasn’t thinking about winning anymore because I knew that I was either tied for the lead or winning, in all likelihood,” Lowe said. “So, I didn’t want to get protective of anything because that’s how you let everything go.”
He seemed to be headed for a bogey on the par-four 16th, but a fantastic recovery shot—what he calls his shot of the year—helped save par. Still 55 yards out for his third shot, Lowe hit a low, hooking wedge into a sloping portion of the green, quickly killing the ball and settling it five feet from the hole.
He closed in style, carding birdies from six and eight feet on the final two holes. “I’ve wanted to win this forever,” said Lowe. “I think I tried qualifying for the first time in 2009 and played in my first in 2010. This is one of the majors and I’ve always been seeking this one.”
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