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Lowry wins shot of the month

Shane Lowry has picked up the European Tour Shot of the Month award for October.

The Tour judging panel selected his stunning seven iron approach into the 11th green on the final day of the Portugal Masters as the pick of the entries.

Despite battling a stiff breeze at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, the Irishman found the cup for an eagle two which helped secure a one-shot victory over England's Ross Fisher.

Lowry, winning his first Tour event as a pro having succeeded as an amateur at the 2009 Irish Open, said: "There's always one shot you look back on whenever you win a tournament.

"That was definitely it. It was actually a very difficult shot - I had 138 yards into a strong wind, so I would have been happy with anywhere on the green to be honest with you.

"But I hit a beautiful little seven iron which took off straight at the flag, and stayed right on line into the hole.

"I thought it'd be close but I didn't know it was in until I heard the roar from the fans beside the green. It was a very special moment on a very special day."

Lowry's shot received 35 per cent of the votes polled by the golfing public through My European Tour, ahead of Emiliano Grillo in second place.

The Argentine polled 29 per cent for his second shot to the par four ninth at the ISPS Handa Perth International, which he holed for an eagle.