Shane Lowry’s interactions with Team USA members like Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau during this past weekend’s Ryder Cup caused his emotions to boil over.
During an Instagram Live interview with PaddyPower, Lowry discussed his frustrations with Cantlay firing up the crowd on the 8th hole of their singles match as well as DeChambeau and Thomas’ reactions to putt concessions.
“For a start, DeChambeau’s putter is about four-feet long so it’s definitely not a gimmie,” Lowry said. “I saw Justin Thomas did the same thing and I did it actually in the afternoon just because Justin Thomas did it. They made me putt a putt from like 18 inches on the 1st so I did the exact same thing Justin Thomas did just because I was pissed off at the picture that I’d seen of him doing it on that same morning.”
Lowry added that he tried a bit of “gamesmanship” on Saturday afternoon in the match he paired with Tyrrell Hatton, but “it obviously didn’t work” and he couldn’t throw off the Team USA pairing. He also added that Cantlay “pissed him off a little bit” when he attempted to pump the crowd up as Lowry prepared for a putt. Cantlay ultimately won their match 4-and-2, using victories on four consecutive individual holes to propel his run after Lowry took his only lead with a birdie on the second.
Team Europe trailed Team USA entering the singles round, and ultimately lost the Ryder Cup, 19-9, for just its fourth loss in the past 13 tournaments.
The 2021 Ryder Cup was Lowry’s first, and he finished with a 1-2 record. His lone victory came in the fourball match against Tony Finau and Harris English on Saturday, when Lowry ended the final hole with a putt that secured the point for Team Europe — pumping his arms and flinging his putter onto the green.
“In Rome, we’ll hopefully win and win in a different style,” Lowry said. “That’s how I’m looking at it.”
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