Shane Lowry is upbeat ahead of this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, as he’s in a purple patch of form.
Lowry will be the top ranked Irish golfer at Lahinch Golf Club where he is eager to repeat his success of ten years ago. In 2009, Lowry needed three extra holes against Robert Rock to eventually roll in the winning putt.
Now, Lowry arrives off the back of some good form, as he’s notched up a victory in early January and has three top eight finishes in his last four starts.
“I’m feeling good, it’s probably the best form-wise I’ve ever come into an Irish Open but I’m doing my best to try and play down my expectations and just go out there and enjoy it as much as I can,” the world number 35 told europeantour.com.
“I think golfers are like that. We’re not like boxers, we don’t stand there and say ‘I’m definitely going to win’. I know how fickle this game is and I know as soon as you feel like you have it mastered it can jump up and bite you quicker than you expect.
“I will have expectations of doing well this week, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t, but I’m just trying to play them down in my own head and just play my own game.
“No matter what I shoot today I’ve got to shoot a good score tomorrow. That’s the way I’m going about my business this year.”
Joining Lowry in the field is world number 11 Jon Rahm and the talented Tommy Fleetwood.
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