World number 35 Shane Lowry says his “game is there” as he bids for a second Irish Open at next week’s event at Lahinch Golf Club in the Republic of Ireland.
Home favourite Lowry landed his fourth European Tour title when winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January and he is feeling confident of adding a fifth win to his CV.
The 32-year-old Irishman, who finished tied-28th at the US Open on his latest outing, is also aiming for a second Irish Open success, having won his maiden European title at this tournament in 2009 as an amateur.
A strong performance at Lahinch next week would be perfect preparation for the 2019 Open, which takes place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland from July 18-21.
Lowry is feeling confident of his chances of triumphing in Ireland after revealing his game feels in perfect shape right now. “My game is there,” he was quoted as saying by www.independent.ie.
“When I went out to play in the first round of the US Open two weeks ago, I felt as good about my game as I’ve ever done in my life. “That I didn’t play well that day didn’t upset me, because I knew I would be able to come out and play well on the Friday – and I did.”
Lowry is 51.00 to win his maiden Major at next month’s Open while world number one Brooks Koepka, who finished second at the US Open, leads the betting at 8.50.
Home favourite Rory McIlroy is next in the betting at 9.50, while American duo Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are both priced at 13.00.