RYDER CUP 2021

Ryder Cup:2021: Lowry feels his form would have warranted a Ryder Cup pick ‘no matter who was captain’

by Ronan MacNamara  

Shane Lowry by Golffile

Shane Lowry feels that his pre Ryder Cup form would have secured him a captains pick regardless of who was the captain.

Speaking ahead of his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits this week, the Clara native has been in great form and has been a model of consistency throughout the summer, registering four top-10s all in big events and he hasn’t missed a cut since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.

The fact Pádraig Harrington is his close friend and captain makes it extra special and Lowry is fully focused on helping Europe win the Ryder Cup for him.

“It’s not that I gave them no choice, but I feel personally that, no matter who was captain, I would have got a pick. I’m not one that bigs myself up or talks about myself, but I felt I’d played good enough to make it whether it was Paddy or whoever that was captain. I was probably as close as you can get without doing it, so that probably made up their minds.

“As he is my mate, I definitely wanted to make the team even more. But now I’m in it, I want to make sure we win it for him because he deserves to win it. The career he has had, he is one of, if not the best sportsman to come out of Ireland. So I want to win for him and that’s what it’s all about.

The Ryder Cup has been a long time coming for the 2019 Open champion, having almost made the team in 2016 and seeing his guaranteed place on the 2020 team taken away by the pandemic. Lowry has had a long love for the biennial event ever since he was trapsing up and down the fairways following Harrington and co back in 2006 at the K Club when he was a promising amateur at the time.

Lowry has come full circle in fifteen years and it’s not something he could have foreseen back in 06.

“The K Club was an incredible experience and if you had asked me walking into the course that day if I’d ever be competing in one, I’d have laughed,” Lowry said.

“I went with a couple of members of the golf club. I don’t even know how I got a ticket. I was 19 at the time and, obviously, hugely into my golf. I was a pretty good amateur. I went and experienced the whole thing and it was incredible. It’s bigger now than it was then too, so I’m so excited to see the grandstands, the first tee, and all that jazz.

The Offaly man has stood on the first tee in the biggest events that golf has to offer and has come through twice with wins at the WGC Bridgestone in 2015 and the Open in 2019, but despite his big stage experience he gave the classic answer when the question was put to him on how he would feel on the first tee on Friday, if he plays.

“It’s incredible I’m part of it now. Will I think back to it [2006] on the first tee? God knows what I’ll be thinking walking on to the first tee. I’ll just think about making contact!

“All that stuff is exciting. I wonder if it could get much more difficult than the first tee at Portrush on the Sunday? I’d probably say ‘no’, but I might know more in a week’s time.”

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