Ryder Cup 2021: Lowry feels he deserves place on team as he looks to join Irish Ryder Cup legends
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by Ronan MacNamara
Shane Lowry by Golffile
Shane Lowry feels his form throughout the season warranted a captains pick from Pádraig Harrington.
Lowry has not missed a cut since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and has posted four top-10s including at the Players and The PGA.
The Clara native dropped out of the automatic qualification places at the eleventh hour as Bernd Wiesberger stole a march leaving it up to Harrington to select his close friend as one of three wildcard picks ahead of Justin Rose.
Lowry is excited for the week and feels that he deserves to be on the team.
"Obviously I'm a captain's pick, but I was very close to making the team. I was first man out, I felt like I deserved a pick.
"I feel like I deserve to be here. If I didn't feel like I deserve to be here it would probably be a bit different, but I really feel like I deserve to be here and now I'm just excited for the week ahead."
Ireland has a storied and illustrious history in the Ryder Cup. The 2019 Open Champion was trapsing up and down the fairways of the K Club in 2006 and has grown up watching legends like Harrington, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell don the blue and gold and he will be taking inspiration from that.
"Golf for the most part is an individual sport, but as a European player, as an Irish player growing up you've watched Ryder Cups.
"Obviously Christy Junior, Philip Walton, Eamon Darcy, Rory, GMac, Paddy, Paul, Darren - all the great Irish players that have played the game.
"For me it was something that I really wanted to do, and I felt like I had to do, if you want to be up there with those guys, when you're talking about really good, or great Irish golfers.
"I feel very grateful that Paddy has put his trust in me, but it's something as an Irish player growing up, playing a Ryder Cup is right up there with everything."
The Offaly man is so determined to win the Ryder Cup for Harrington that he doesn't care how he plays!
"I don't care if I don't make any points this week and we win on Sunday. It doesn't bother me. I don't care if I don't play and we win on Sunday. It doesn't bother me. There's only one thing that matters this week and that's winning the trophy.
"It won't be a successful week unless we're standing there with the Ryder Cup on Sunday evening. I'll do whatever it takes to be there on Sunday evening with the Ryder Cup as a part of this team. Whether it be playing loads or not playing at all, it doesn't bother me, I just have to do what I'm told this week and do it well."