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“I feel like the umpires have been following me all week” – Shane Lowry makes a confession after a stunning 66 in Singapore

The Offaly man bounced back from his second-round 73 by posting an eagle and five birdies before dropping his only shot of the day at the end.

“Yeah, it was nice,” said Lowry, who is tied for 13th in the round of 16, five behind Australian David Micheluzzi.

“I played really well today. The longest putt I holed was, I think, about 6 feet. So, you know, to shoot 66, that’s pretty good.”

“Of course I would have liked to have made more holes. I think it could have been better. But I’ve put myself back at the top of the leaderboard.”

“I just hope the front runners don’t get away too much today and I can come out and maybe shoot a low front nine tomorrow and give myself a bit of a chance.”

Starting on the back nine, Lowry hit a hole-out eagle three from 95 yards on the 14th between birdies on the 13th and 15th before adding another birdie to the 32nd yard on the 18th.

He collected more shots in third and fifth, but dropped his only shot of the day in ninth.

“I holed a wedge shot on 14 (for eagle) and then I almost holed my shot on the next one too and gave myself some great chances,” Lowry said.

“And you know, I just played really good golf. I hit where I was supposed to.”

“To be honest, I’m very disappointed that I made a bogey last time, but you know, that’s just golf and if you keep going, we’ll deal with it tomorrow.”

Micheluzzi (27) also shot 66 and led with a shot to 13-under from England’s Sam Bairstow and overnight leader Andy Sullivan.

Sullivan made four birdies in his first eight holes, but then made a double bogey on the ninth and 10th holes and a bogey on the 11th before making four birdies on his final seven holes, scoring 69 to Bairstow’s 68.

India’s Shubhankar Sharma sits alone in third place, just two back at 11-under, while LIV Golf’s Paul Casey is tied for fourth at 10-under after a 68.

Lowry sees Singapore’s humid weather as his biggest challenge on Sunday.

“Try to stay hydrated and stay in the shade as much as possible,” he said of his thoughts on his final round of competition before the Masters.

“It’s pretty hot out there. So you pick your targets, hit good shots and hopefully get some good results.”

Lowry later appeared in the Green Room on Sky Sports – a kind of confessional where players sit in a closed capsule and answer questions about their day.

Fatigue was an issue after his long-distance trip from Florida on Monday.

Shane Lowry’s interview with Sky Sports’ Green Room

Q; Hello Shane, how are you today?

SL: I’m tired and sweaty. Hot. Didn’t sleep much.

Q: What was it like out there?

SL: It’s hard to complain about a 66, but if the longest putt on your hole is about 6 feet, it could be a lot better. But it is what it is. I just hope I feel better tomorrow.

Q: You traveled quite a bit this week. How did you manage the transition?

SL: I was awake around 3 a.m., probably around 3 or 4 a.m. every morning, went to bed around 10 a.m. and tried to go to bed as late as possible so I could sleep, but that didn’t work . So I’m suffering from a severe lack of sleep this week. But it was my choice to come here, so I can’t blame anyone but myself.

Q: What is a highlight and low point of the round today?

SL: Highlight of my lap. I hit a wedge shot today, I think it was about 90 yards, 95 yards and then my lowlight, there wasn’t a lot of lowlights actually, which was nice, was probably my bogey at the end. If you had caught me at this time yesterday, I would have been in worse shape. So I’m pretty happy with my daily work.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to get rid of today?

SL: I feel like the referees are following me all week (laughs). You probably shouldn’t say that. I feel like I’ve been on the clock a lot this week, which doesn’t suit me. I obviously don’t think it’s me. We’ve been to some bad places. But I was on the clock a lot, which I’m not used to.

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