Withdrew: Shane Lowry, winner of the British Open on Sunday, from this week’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. In a tweet from the PGA Tour announcing the WD, no reason was disclosed, but Lowry was pictured celebrating with his supporters long after his six-stroke victory at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Early Tuesday, Lowry tweeted that he was eager to celebrate “a special night” in his hometown of Clara, Ireland. Lowry posted his first PGA Tour victory in 2015 at the WGC event in Akron, Ohio, before the tournament moved to Memphis this season. WGC events do not include alternates, so the field was reduced to 63 (tee times).
Qualified: Brandel Chamblee, for this week’s Senior British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England. Chamblee, 57, a one-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished his duties as Golf Channel analyst at the British Open late Sunday, then flew to England for a Monday qualifier. He shot 1-under 72 at Fairhaven and tied for eighth out of a 133-man field. He won one of 49 spots at four qualifiers. Chamblee missed the cut in last year’s Senior British Open. He will be making his third start on the 50-and-older tour (tee times).
Honored: Hale Irwin, as winner of the PGA Tour’s Payne Stewart Award. The annual award recognizes someone in golf who exemplifies the late Stewart’s character, sportsmanship and commitment to charity. Irwin, 74, won 20 times on the PGA Tour, including three U.S. Open titles. He ranks as the all-time winner on the Champions Tour, with 45 victories. Irwin was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992. He will receive the award on Aug. 20 in Atlanta in conjunction with the Tour Championship. Stewart, whose 11 Tour victories included three major championships, died 20 years ago with five others when their Learjet lost cabin pressure before crashing in South Dakota. Stewart was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.