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Shane Lowry is not pleased with the group he's in at the US Open

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Shane Lowry is miffed by his big-guy pairing but playing partner Brendon de Jonge is not.(Getty Images)
Shane Lowry is miffed by his big-guy pairing but playing partner Brendon de Jonge is not. (Getty Images)

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Shane Lowry is mad.

Not because he didn't play well at the US Open or because of a bad ruling or anything like that. No, Lowry is mad because the USGA tried to make a funny and he didn't think it was very humorous.

Lowry, who is a large Irishman, is paired with a large American (Kevin Stadler), and a large Zimbabwean (Brendon de Jonge).

He wrote about it for the Irish Times.

"I don't mind saying it, but I think it is a bit cheeky of the USGA in making the draw the way they did," wrote Lowry. "I'm with Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Stadler for the first two rounds. Someone's bright idea!! Put the three big guys together!!"

I think it is unfair on the three of us. It is definitely not drawn out of the hat, that's for sure. And I just hope we don't get stick from the galleries.

What they did is making a mockery of the three of us. I spoke to Graeme McDowell, and he thinks I should say something to the USGA about it.

I've always had a bit of extra weight. I have worked on my fitness, but people don't always see that. I am my own fella and the important thing to me is that all my friends and family know exactly what I do and how hard I work for my career and how passionate I am about golf and doing as good as I can.

At the end of the day, you don't have to be 75 kilos or 80 kilos and built like a tank to do well at this game."

Jeff Hall, the USGA's managing director of rules and competitions threw up his hands to Golf Channel. "There are some themes, you know. There's a fair amount of leeway."

"I've got to be careful. We have some fun."

And to be fair not everyone in the group was as upset as Lowry. Brendon de Jonge, on the other hand, didn't really care.

"I was actually pretty amused by it," de Jonge said. "I wasn't offended at all."

Personally I'm more offended by the grouping of Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, and Bill Haas. You'd need a four-hour nap after following them around.

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