July 23, 2019 / 3:59 PM / a month ago

Lowry bows out of WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Shane Lowry hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the third round of the 148th British Open Championship at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on July 20, 2019. (Photo by Koji Aoki/AFLO SPORT)

Shane Lowry, coming off his first major victory at the Open Championship, withdrew Tuesday from this week’s World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.

Lowry, who began 2019 ranked No. 75 in the official world golf rankings, jumped 16 spots to No. 17 after last week’s triumph at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The Irishman was in his hometown of Clara on Tuesday for an event at his country club to celebrate his six-stroke victory.

The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational begins Thursday at TPC Southwind with a strong field that includes world No. 1 Brooks Koepka, Irishman Rory McIlroy (coming off his missed cut at the Open Championship), Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Justin Rose and defending champion Justin Thomas.

Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Francesco Molinari are among those not competing this week.

—Field Level Media

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