Shane Lowry Splits With Long-Time Caddie Bo Martin
Shane Lowry is on the hunt for a new caddy after parting ways with longtime bag man Brian ‘Bo’ Martin, first reported by the Irish Independent (opens in a new tab).
The couple had apparently lost their ‘competitive spark’ according to sources, with the Irish Independent understanding that they had been contemplating a split for several weeks, having lost their ‘spark’ or ‘chemistry’.
The split was confirmed by Lowry’s management team at Horizon Sports Management.
Lowry didn’t have the best of starts in 2023 after a disappointing Hero Cup, where he was the only player in the event to lose all four matches. He then recorded a T28 in Abu Dhabi before a missed cut in Dubai, which turned out to be the last week for him and Martin together.
Lowry and Martin first teamed up at the Portugal Masters in September 2018, winning their first title together four months later at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi, ending a three-and-a-half-year drought for the Irishman.
Lowry and Martin at the Royal Portrush in 2019
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Their crowning moment came later in the summer at Royal Portrush, where Lowry sealed his first major title with six knocks off Tommy Fleetwood in front of local fans on the island of Ireland.
“Bo has been great for me over the last year,” Lowry told Portrush. “It’s like he breathed new life into me. He’s so relaxed. He’s so relaxed. Maybe he’s not on the inside, but he definitely shows up like that .”
They had to wait over three years for their next win together, which came at the 2022 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth – but just four months later their relationship came to an end.
Martin had previously worked with Gary Murphy, Peter Lawrie, Alex Levy and Lucas Bjerregaard.
Lowry is currently ranked 22nd in the world and will be desperate to make his second Ryder Cup appearance later this year in Rome following his Whistling Straits debut in 2021.
His next start is expected to be at next week’s elevated WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Top PGA Tour pros must commit to all but one high event, and the Irishman has already missed one at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
It remains to be seen who he has on the bag in Phoenix.