As if the degree of difficulty wasn't already high enough at Royal County Down, Shane Lowry played most of the second round at the Irish Open without the use of his putter.
Lowry began on No. 10 and reportedly bent his putter slightly on the 12th hole. Because the bend was not created during the normal course of play, he had to take the club out of his bag and spent the rest of his round putting with a wedge.
On a course where high scores abound, that would seem to be a dire scenario but Lowry showed some creativity on the greens - after all, he did win this event as an amateur in 2009 at County Louth. Lowry made three birdies without the benefit of his putter, highlighted by this 30-foot bomb on the tricky par-3 seventh:
It added up to a 3-over 74 for Lowry, and at 4 over the Irishman was on the projected cut line when he finished his round.