OAKMONT, Pa. – Most players agree the U.S. Open can be as much of a mental test as it is a physical exam, and Shane Lowry certainly has embraced a half-full perspective this week.
Of course, the Irishman’s positive outlook might have also had something to do with how he started his week at Oakmont, holing a 60-footer for birdie at the first hole after finding a fairway bunker off the tee and having to lay up on the par 4.
Still, Lowry didn’t let two bogeys just before the turn or multiple weather delays impact his attitude. He birdied Nos. 11, 14 and 17 for a 2-under 68 to move into contention.
“If you start moaning about this type of stuff, you won't come back out, and you won't play golf. So what's the point of moaning about it?” Lowry said. “Guys that are moaning about it are guys that are going to be going home early.”
Lowry finished tied for ninth last year at Chambers Bay and said that experience helped prepare him for this week at Oakmont.
“I’m more comfortable in my surroundings. Even simple things like knowing different players, knowing players in the locker room, it just makes it easier,” he said. “Last year at the U.S. Open has helped me a lot. I contended there and felt like I played really well coming down the stretch on Sunday.”