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Shane Lowry enters world top 200

Irish Amateur Shane Lowry secured victory at The 3 Irish Open at Co Louth GC, Baltray, in his first ever appearance at a World Ranking Qualifying event as he beat Robert Rock at the third extra hole. A second round of 62 had given Lowry a two stroke lead after 36 holes and two final rounds of 71 meant a tie with Rock who also shot a final round of 71. While Lowry couldn't claim any of the prize money on offer he does have the compensation of qualification for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the WGC-HSBC Champions. Lowry started the week at 16th in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking and after this win is a new entry into the Official World Golf Ranking at 168th.

Lowry is only third amateur, and the second this season, to win a European Tour event, after Pablo Martin at the Portugal Open in 2007 and Danny Lee at the Johnnie Walker Classic earlier this year. Lee entered the world ranking at no. 159 after his victory, and has since turned pro. He is currently ranked world no. 141.

Zach Johnson successfully defended the Valero Texas Open. defeating James Driscoll in a play-off, and climbs 7 places to world number 19.

May 18, 2009

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