Shane Lowry began daydreaming Sunday morning about lifting the Bridgestone Invitational trophy on the 18th green, and then he would quickly return to reality because he knew there was a long day ahead with world-class players all around him.
Turns out he was right.
He just never could have dreamed how it unfolded.
Lowry hooked one tee shot so far left that he was given a free drop because the 11th tee box was in the way. He opened the face of a pitching wedge to hit over a 50-foot tree and made birdie. Lowry finished the biggest round of his career with a sand wedge that he hammered through a tree on the 18th to just over 10 feet for a closing birdie.
Not to be overlooked were two huge par saves that carried him to a 4-under 66 and a two-shot victory over Bubba Watson.
Watson also closed with a 66. Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, who shared the 54-hole lead, fell behind on the front nine and couldn't catch the 28-year-old Irishman. Both closed with a 72 and tied for third.
Lowry finished at 11-under 269 and earned $1.57 million, along with a PGA Tour card for the next three years. He had been a special temporary member.
Watson was stunned that two wedges down the stretch bounced so hard on the greens and took away reasonable birdie chances - one on the par-5 16th and on the closing hole after a drive that rolled out nearly 380 yards.
Furyk and Rose were annoyed for different reasons - Furyk because he's not hitting the ball very well, Rose because he is.
Furyk was concerned about the way he was hitting the ball earlier in the week and said his flaws were covered up by great putting. He couldn't rely on it Sunday.
Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth closed with a 66 and tied for 10th, his fifth straight top 10 during a stretch in which he has won four times.