Shane Lowry tied for second with Thomas Levet of France. Steve Parsons/PA Archive
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Second place finish for Shane Lowry at Lyoness Open

The Offaly golfer collects a cheque for almost €87,000 as Bernd Wiesberger wins by two strokes in Austria.

THE RECENT RUN of good form from Ireland’s Shane Lowry has continued after the Offaly golfer finished joint-second at the Lyoness Open in Austria on Sunday afternoon.

The event was won by local golfer Bernd Wiesberge, who finished with a final round 65 to streak past Rikard Karlberg (70) and Thorbjorn Olesen (74). Thomas Levet of France finished with a 68 to tie with Lowry.

Lowry carded a 66 after picking up eight shots in his final 13 holes. His round was slow to get going as he recorded two bogeys in the opening holes.

The 25-year-old, a former Irish Open winner, struck back with an excellent eagle ‘three’ on the par-5 sixth hole.

Lowry’s back nine was flawless as he picked up shots at 12, 13, 16 and 17.

There was no catching Wiesberger, however, as the Austrian closed out an excellent 7-Under round with birdies on two of the last three holes. He won more than €166,000 and the acclaim of the home support.

Purple patch

The second place finish for Lowry represents the peak of a recent run of form that he will hope continues into Autumn.

He finished in 17th and the French Open earlier this month and was 11th in the Scottish Open, a tournament he could have won if it were not for his inability to close out promising rounds.

Damien McGrane, from Meath, finished in 26th position overall but will be disappointed with a closing 74 that saw him drop down the leaderboard. He finished at 6-Under.

Cork professional David Higgins was down in joint 53rd at the end of play as he signed off for a round of 75 and a four-round total of 1-Under.

Mark Murphy and Simon Thornton missed the cut, on Friday, after finishing over par.

Meanwhile at Turnberry, Scotland, Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer are duking it out for the British Open Seniors Championship. The German leads by one shot midway through the final round.

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