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Ryder Cup 2021: Lowry to realise ‘career-long dream’ as he is set for Ryder Cup debut

by Ronan MacNamara  

Shane Lowry by Golffile

Shane Lowry will don the blue and gold of Europe after he was awarded a Captains pick off his close friend Pádraig Harrington.

Lowry will join Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter as part of Harrington’s 12-man squad as he is set to make his Ryder Cup debut in Whistling Straits in a fortnight.

The Clara native was thrilled to realize a career long objective having targeted a place on the team since 2019.

"It’s amazing. For me it has been a career long goal to get to the Ryder Cup. Just thinking back to it, I remember sitting in the media centre in 2019 when the points started that this was my number one goal, and it has been for the last two years.

"Of course, Padraig being captain is extra special for me as I’m very good friends with him and I’m just so happy I got a pick. I tried my best to make the team today, but I’m so happy my name is now on the team."

Lowry has been in scintillating form this season with four top-10s and no missed cuts since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. With all the pressure he was under on the first tee on Thursday, the 2019 Open Champion was in contention to win the BMW PGA at Wentworth, but struggled on the back nine as his challenge faded.

He remained tough to birdie the final two holes and secure a dream ticket to Whistling Straits and to have it happen at Wentworth, a golf course he loves was an added bonus.

Having had his father on site when he lifted the Claret Jug in Royal Portrush in 2019, and by his side when he was at Croke Park to see Offaly win the All-Ireland U-20 title, the moment Pádraig Harrington told him he had made his team was extra special because once again Lowry had his father by his side in the players lounge.

“I felt like I did enough before this week then you come here and you see the lads are playing well, I love this place and I wanted to win the tournament, I was out there trying to win the tournament and make the team and do all sorts even when I went through a bad run I needed to make a couple of birdies to show I’m made of something.

“I was sitting in the players lounge with my Dad and I got called into the principal’s office and he just gave me a hug and said congrats, we had a little conversation and it’s obviously a special moment having my Dad here.

“This is right up there, having spoken to Poults a while ago about it and everybody knows what he thinks of the Ryder Cup and when you see what it means to someone like Ian Poulter and Sergio, this is going to be a special week in my career and I hope I can go over there and win some points for Europe.

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Harrington announcing Ryder Cup picks by Golffile

Lowry is a rookie on paper but with a WGC and a major title under his belt he is by no means a rookie on the big stage and he has no intention of just being there for the ride, the world number 40 is going to Whistling Straits with the sole intention of winning the Ryder Cup.

“There’s no point going over there to make up the numbers I want to go over there and deliver points for Europe and bring home the Ryder Cup.

“I’ve said that all year I want to go and make the team and win the Ryder Cup I don’t want to be there to just say I played in the Ryder Cup.”

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