After Further Review: Lowry's gambit backfires


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Shane Lowry's bad week ...

Shane Lowry might want a mulligan after his bold scheduling decision backfired on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lowry left the PGA Championship knowing he needed to do something to catch the eye of European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke. So he added the Wyndham Championship and Made in Denmark to his schedule in back-to-back weeks.

But Lowry didn’t contend in either event, and has essentially stalled out since blowing a four-shot lead during the final round of the U.S. Open. To make matters worse, fellow Euros Russell Knox and Thomas Pieters have won this month to essentially knock Lowry out of the Hazeltine discussion.

On top of that, Lowry’s decision to skip The Barclays to play in Denmark also cost him his PGA Tour postseason. He entered the week at No. 87 in points and dropped to No. 102 – just outside the top 100 cutoff for next week. It means that Lowry, who won last year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, will have to wait until next year to play in his first-ever FedEx Cup playoff event. – Will Gray

On the passing of a dear friend ...

“What do you know about the Internet?”

In 1999, the answer was an honest "not much." Ken Carpenter hired your scribe despite that glaring void of practical knowledge to work for It was the early days of online media in golf, but Ken had a vision.

At meetings, Ken would predict the onset of a “paperless society” and preach the benefits of taking a sabbatical. Ken was ahead of his time, realizing that the appetite for quality journalism wasn’t changing, only the vehicle that delivered the news and opinion.

On Sunday, Ken died after an eight-month battle with cancer. He was 59. Golf lost a visionary, and I lost a friend and mentor. – Rex Hoggard

On Ariya Juntanugarn's latest victory ...

Talk about a quick study.

Just five months ago, Ariya Jutanugarn looked like she had a big problem. She looked like she had a serious battle with nerves trying to close out victories, something that could batter a young player’s confidence and create doubts that haunt future chances. Her collapse at the ANA Inspiration in April, and that collapse at the Honda Thailand a couple years before that, were troubling, but look at her now.

Jutanugarn took a two-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and won in a four-shot rout that was never close. It was her tour-best fifth victory this year. Notably, she won all five events taking a 54-hole lead into the final round. Just a year ago, she missed 10 consecutive cuts. Now that’s a tough-minded turnaround. – Randall Mell