You had to feel for Shane Lowry after his absolute heroics in Dubai
Mother of God, this was a close, close call.
Shane Lowry's wait for a golf title goes on but he can, at the very least, console himself with the fact that he gave it his all.
The Offaly golfer shot a stunning round of 63 to finish on -18 and in the clubhouse lead at the DP World Tour Championship, in Dubai, this afternoon.
Starting the day four strokes back, Lowry carded 10 birdies and just one, early bogey to record the lowest score of the final day. It was a remarkable charge and one that got the fans in attendance all a flutter.
Eighth birdie of the day.
And now within one! pic.twitter.com/G5D6dMDRJl
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 19, 2017
Lowry signed off with a birdie on -18 to set the standard. He was briefly joined by Sergio Garcia before Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat joined him by also going under par on the last.
Spanish star Jon Rahm was still in the hunt, though, and he carded two birdies going down the stretch to leave himself -19 with two to play. Went parred the 17th then played it conservatively, and correctly, on the last. His par 5 was enough to secure him a winners' cheque for just over €1.175m.
Lowry and Aphibarnrat were tied for second and both men can console themselves with cheques for just over €612,000 [and 612,000 Race to Dubai points].
The Irishman will be pleased with his performance but gutted to have played so well and still be left without a tour win since his Bridgestone Invitational success back in August 2015.
Paul Dunne finished down in a tie for 25th after closing out his tournament with a disappointing 75. He had started the day on -12 and well within sight of the leaders but a triple-bogey '7' on the second hole quickly did for his title chances.