Published: 08:40 | 1/4/19

Lowry secures Masters spot


Shane Lowry has qualified for next week's Masters after maintaining his place in the world's top 50.

Lowry headed into the World Gold Championships - Dell World MatchPlay knowing that he needed to be inside the top 50 in the Official Gold Ranking at the end of the weekend's play to be assured of receiving an invitation to Augusta National.

Despite losing his opening match in Austin, Lowry battled to a half against reigning Masters Champion Patrick Reed before beating Andrew Putman.

Although he did not make the knockout stages of the tournament, the Offalyman's place at Augusta was secured when Francesco Molinari defeated Kevin Na in the quarter-final.

Lowry, who is currently ranked 49, will tee up at Augusta National for the fourth time and will join fellow Irishman Rory McIlroy in the field for the first Major of the year.

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