Published: 16:51 | 10/11/20

Only Masters win could top Open triumph for Lowry

Shane Lowry believes that the only thing that could possibly top his 2019 Open triumph at Portrush would be to win The Masters this weekend at Augusta National.

The 33-year-old Offaly man won his first major in July last year when he held off the challenge of Tommy Fleetwood to win the famous Claret Jug at a wet and windy Portrush.

It marked his arrival as one of the sport's elite and sparked emotional celebrations that continued well into that night and beyond.

Looking ahead to The Masters this weekend (LIVE on eir sport 1 from Thur 6pm), he has set his sights firmly on being the first Irishman to wear the coveted green jacket. It's probably the only thing that can top winning The Open, he feels.  

"If I could ever top Portrush? I think, I'll struggle," he said. "But if I have a chance, it will be around here. 

"To be the first Irishman to ever wear the green jacket would be pretty special. That's probably one of the only things that could top it.

"Obviously I've worked very hard all my life and I’ve really put my mind down to it, and I achieved something very, very special last year.

"Yes, I probably won't ever top that, but if it is, it will maybe be around here. 

"I think to wear a green jacket would be just very, very special. You know, I think they will be on par. We'll just wait and see.

"This is my fifth Masters, and I don't think I've ever shot too many great rounds around here. I’m hoping the time of year kind of changes my luck and I am probably coming in with a bit more form than I ever really have.

"So I'm hopeful for the week ahead. I do feel like my game is in a good place after a decent week last week in Houston.

"I've never driven the ball well around here, and that's kind of strange. I've struggled on the greens in the past, so I'm hoping my luck is going to change a little bit."

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