Shane Lowry finishes second in Hong Kong Open after strong finish

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

The Open champion shot a final round 64 to finish on 13 under which was four shots behind the victor Wade Ormsby of Australia.

Seeing his countrymen and women "pulling together" to fight the blazes that have scorched an area the size of Ireland had given him motivation to perform on the world stage, he said. "It makes you do your best and make people smile a bit, whatever little part I can do".

Lowry surmounted a late charge by storming up the leaderboard with a 64, having started the day six shots back of Ormsby in a share of ninth place.

"I am right where I want to be, and I am looking forward to the weekend", Lowry said after a round that included five birdies.

Wade Ormsby of Australia tees off on the 7th hole during the Hong Kong Open golf tournament at Fanling Golf Club in Hong Kong.

"If he has a really good weekend, he might run away, but hopefully I can shoot two decent scores and give myself a chance".

Ormsby birdied the 17th and calmly sunk a short putt at the finish, pumping his fist in the air and swigging a beer in front of a cheering gallery on the 18th green.

"Just tried to be aggressive there and make a birdie and the wind changed on me", the big hitter said.

Ormsby, the 2017 champion, is bidding to win the tournament for the second time and he showed his resolve by putting up another solid performance with his two-day total of nine-under 131 to stay two shots ahead of India's SSP Chawrasia.

Shane Lowry has made a great start to 2020 with a second place finish in the Hong Kong Open.

The Open win at Royal Portrush in July of previous year was the first major win of Lowry's golfing career.

Other sporting events, such as October's Hong Kong Open tennis and the city's global squash championship in November, were cancelled due to fears over the impact protests could have on the tournaments.

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