After his maiden Major championship success at The Open in Royal Portrush on Sunday, Shane Lowry is redoubling his efforts for another watershed moment in his career in 2020.
The Irishman had six shots to spare on Tommy Fleetwood as he lifted the Claret Jug on Sunday in his native land, the biggest win of Lowry’s career at 32-years-old. He has previously spoken of his desire to make a European Ryder Cup debut and, with his long-time friend Padraig Harrington captaining the team in Wisconsin next September, he is cementing his dream to be part of it.
“Obviously, in the short term I’m going to enjoy this, there’s no doubt about that,” Lowry said. “But in the long term you obviously want to back-up your success. “My big goal remains the same and that is to be on the plane going to Whistling Straits next year. That’s my plan for the next 12 months. Hopefully that involves a couple of wins along the way.”
European qualifying for the Ryder Cup does not begin until September, ensuring his win at The Open hasn’t necessarily helped Lowry in that regard. It does, however, give Clara native 10 and five-year exemptions to the European and PGA Tours respectively, ensuring he’ll be attending the biggest events around the world in lead-up to the 2020 Ryder Cup.
Following their resounding 17.5-10.5 victory over the United States at Le Golf National last year, Europe will be defending the trophy at Whistling Straits.