Lowry Back in the Mood
Shane Lowry heads into The 145th Open adamant that he has recovered from the disappointment of losing out on the chance to win his first Major Championship at the recent US Open at Oakmont.
The 29-year-old Irishman freely admits that it hurt to lose his 54-hole lead to Dustin Johnson but is adamant the episode will not affect his chances of lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Troon.
“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “The first few days afterwards weren’t easy. There were a few moments when tears were shed but that’s just the way it is. That’s the game we play.
“I suppose I did beat myself up for a few days but now I’m well and truly over it and looking forward to this week.”
Lowry will start his fifth appearance in The Open at 9.03am in the company of Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose and he’s looking forward to the challenge provided by a course which he believes has certain similarities to Oakmont.
“Troon’s a different kind of golf course to Oakmont but it’s also similar in some ways,” he suggested. “You just have to try to keep making pars. On the front nine there is a run of holes you can make birdies but for the rest of the time you’ve got to stay patient and try to keep out of trouble.
“Staying out of the fairway bunkers is the key. You need to take some of them on but if you can stay out of the bunkers and, if you play 10, 11 and 12 ok, you shouldn’t be too far away.”
In stark contrast to many of the players in this week’s field Lowry has not been intimidated by his first look at Royal Troon’s short 8th hole which has hampered so many players’ chances over the years.
“I played the Postage Stamp with Graeme (McDowell) yesterday and we talked about it. I haven’t played it in competition yet, but I couldn’t help but think that if it wasn’t so famous you might think it was the easiest par-three in the world. The last couple of days I just stood up and flicked a wedge onto the middle of the green and it felt quite easy. But so does the 17th at Sawgrass in practice so maybe we’ll have to wait and see.
“I can’t wait to get started,” he added. “I don’t want to sound cocky but I like big-time play. I like the big tournaments. I love playing in front of big crowds. I think it’s sort of where you want to be.”