Shane Lowry after winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last year.
By Ray O’Hanlon
Whether or not he dons the Green Jacket, the red carpet will be rolled out for golfer Shane Lowry in Manhattan next week.
The Offaly man, who was in second place as the second round of the Masters got under way at Augusta this morning, will be in McGettigan’s on West 36th Street in Manhattan on Thursday, April 14.
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Lowry is “brand ambassador” for the worldwide McGettigan’s chain of bar and restaurants.
Entry for the meet and greet is free with no RSVP required, according to a release from McGettigan’s.
“I’ve just got to kind of give myself a slap in the face and get myself back into reality and try to get down to business and keep hitting good shots and see where that leaves me at the end of the week,” said Lowry after his first round 68.
“Winning a major obviously is a big deal, it’s something that you want to do as a golfer and it’s nice seeing my name up there. But it’s a long way to go yet, especially around this place.
“You’re only ever a bad bounce away from a bit of a disaster, so you’ve just got to keep your head on. You’ve just got to keep trying to hit good shots and hit towards your targets and hopefully make a few putts, and that’s all I’m going to try and do.”
Lowry, meanwhile, was generating headlines this morning for reasons other than his golf.
Google, on its own Masters leaderboard, had places an Australian flag beside Lowry’s name.
If Lowry wins the Masters it will mean moving from down under to up top – at least as far as Google is concerned.
Other Irish players, meanwhile, look like having a say as day two of the Masters warms up with Joran Spieth atop the leaderboard at six under.
Lowry is four under while Rory McIlroy starts his second eighteen holes at two under.
Graeme McDowell is at even par, while Darren Clarke finished the first round at six over.