The day after a missed cut at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, the winner of The Open at Portrush in 2019 ended his collaboration with his longtime caddy, Brian Martin nicknamed “Bo”. By his own admission, Bo Martin was a big help to Shane Lowry in channeling his sometimes volcanic temper.
But since this weekend, the Irish colossus has been looking for a new caddy.
Shane Lowry, decision
The pair parted ways the day after Lowry's missed cut in the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, just days after a very disappointing final round in Abu Dhabi wrapped up in 76 as the Irishman held the tournament lead with Lee and F Molinari on the evening of the third round.
On several occasions, the relationship between Lowry and his caddy had appeared "very fresh" in footage of the making on Sunday at Yas Links. However, Bo Martin, who also caddyed Alexander Levy during his victory in Portugal in 2014, had been on Lowry's bag since the 2018 edition of the Portugal Masters and the two friends seemed to get along wonderfully.
Together, they won prestigious victories together. Bo indeed helped the Irishman to win in The Open a little over 3 years ago but also during his last victory at Wentworth in September in the BMW PGA Championship. The current 22nd player in the world, Lowry, who is clearly not in sparkling form, has not finished in the top 10 of a PGA Tour tournament since June.
During the Hero Cup, the player, on whom Luke Donald intends to rely for the next Ryder Cup in Rome, failed to register a single point for the team of Great Britain and Ireland. He was beaten in doubles with Fleetwood, Power and Hatton before losing quite heavily in singles against Francesco Molinari.
In 2007 he won the Irish Amateur Close. As an amateur he triumphed, in May 2009, at the Irish Open: it was an extraordinary result, given that only two amateurs had managed to obtain a title on the European Tour. He thus entered the world rankings at number 168.
The following week he turned pro, but the start wasn't easy, as he failed the cut in the first three tournaments. In November, however, he finished third at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan and in January 2010 he reached fourth position at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, as well as the top 100 in the world rankings.
In July he participated in his first major, the Open Championship: during the qualifiers in Sunningdale he scored a score of 62, equaling Nick Faldo's record. At the Open he passed the cut and finished 37th.