The lowdown on Lowry

Shane Lowry stunned the world by winning at Baltray on Sunday. Here’s a little bit more info about golf’s newest sensation.

He’s the remarkable amateur who stunned the world of golf by winning the Irish Open last week, but we still don’t know too much about him – except that he can play golf rather well, has got great nerve and has a big decision to make in the next few days!
Tired and exhausted after his fabulous week, he has returned home to ponder the future with friends and family.
With some help from Alan Kelly at the Golf Union of Ireland we’ve managed to find a little bit more about super Shane:
Born: Mullingar, 2nd April 1987
Plays out of: Esker Hills Golf Club
Family sporting background: “My father Brendan was an All-Ireland winning Gaelic footballer.”
Started playing golf: “Aged 12, playing pitch and putt with my uncles.”
Worst experience in golf: “I was disqualified from two separate competitions in 2006. It wasn’t funny at the time, but it is now I suppose.”
Most memorable golf experience prior to 3 Irish Open win: “Winning back to back European Team Championships for Ireland (2007 and 2008).”
Lowest 18-hole score prior to 62 at Baltray: “A six under par 67 at Vale de Lobo in the Portugal Nations Cup.”
Favourite golf hole in the world: “The 7th hole at European Club – 490 yards, par 4. Out of bounds on the right, water on the left – you have to hit two great shots to have a chance of par.”
Favourite course in Ireland: “County Louth, Baltray!”
Favourite overseas golf club: “Bayonne, New York – it has some great holes overlooking Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.”
Good luck charms or superstitions?: “I always have to use white tees.”
Pastimes outside golf: “I love going to GAA matches, hanging out with friends and my girlfriend Deirdre.”
Most important item in your golf bag: “My lob wedge. You can play so many different shots with it and it gets me out of sticky situations.”