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 number 75 in the official world golf rankings, jumped 16 spots to number 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 number 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.