Shane Lowry shot a bogey-free 66 to come from behind and win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by two shots. Here's how things wrapped up at Firestone C.C. in Akron, Ohio.
Leaderboard: Lowry (-11), Bubba Watson (-9), Justin Rose (-7), Jim Furyk (-7)
What it means: This is Lowry's first WGC win, first PGA Tour win, and first win in the United States. The 28-year-old Irishman's last victory came at the Portugal Masters in 2012. Before Sunday, Lowry was perhaps best known for winning the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009. On Sunday, he birdied Nos. 1, 8, 10 and 18 en route to victory. He joins Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Price as the only men in the last 40 years to win their first PGA Tour event at Firestone. With the win, Lowry earns PGA Tour membership through the 2016-17 season and is projected to jump inside the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 20. Your WGC winners for the 2014-15 season: Watson, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Lowry.
Best of the rest: Watson turned in a 4-under 66, featuring six birdies and two bogeys. Watson entered the 72nd hole one shot off the lead and ripped a 379-yard drive down the middle of the fairway. Unfortunately, his wedge from 74 yards stopped 28 feet past the pin and his birdie putt finished three inches outside the right. This is Watson’s third runner-up finish this season, following second-place results at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and RBC Canadian Open. Watson’s WGC record for the season looks like this: 1, 3, T-17, 2.
Biggest disappointment: Playing in the final pairing, neither Furyk nor Rose managed to break par, with matching 2-over 72s. Since 2011, Furyk has held more 54-hole leads than anyone on Tour, with 10; he’s closed none of them.
Round of the day: Camilo Villegas posted a bogey-free, 5-under 65 to get back to even par for the championship and in a tie for 25th.
Shot of the day: Two of them, both from Lowry. His wedge from the thick rough way left of the 10th hole landed off the green and somehow finished a foot from the hole, setting up his third birdie of the day. And on the 18th hole, with the tournament on the line, his approach from the left trees actually went through a tree before landing 11 feet from the hole. He would go on to make the putt and ice the tournament.
Quote of the day: "I played as good of golf as I've ever played these last four days." - Lowry