Shane Lowry made a succession of crucial shots to secure victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with one of the most important striking a tree before coming to rest on the 18th green.

This birdie got the 28-year-old into a share of the lead.

But it was on the back nine that the Offaly man grabbed everyone's attention, starting with this stunning recovery shot on the 10th.

A wayward drive and a wedge shot that came up short had Lowry in trouble again, but this long par putt on 14 ensured he stayed just in front of the pack, even as Bubba Watson was charging.

He then made this vital par save on the 17th after his approach ended up in a tricky position in the fringe grass by the green. A chip and this successful putt again meant he stayed clear of the chasers, with Watson having set the clubhouse target at nine-under.

Back in the Offaly man's home club Esker Hills, where his brother Alan was among those watching on, they were roaring him on after every successful shot.

Lowry's drive on 18 left him out of position in the left rough, but with enough room to get the ball up and over a tree and onto the green. Still, the shot looked virtually impossible and there was every chance that he would bogey the hole and possibly end up in a play-off. 

Until this happened.

Lowry's ball glanced a branch overhanging the green - though that took nothing away from the sensational quality of the shot, and he took advantage, rolling in another superb birdie putt to ensure victory.

Even though he probably would have won either way, Lowry took the time to give the tree a congratulatory hug after collecting the trophy.


Video source: PGA Tour via Twitter