Lowry backs McIlroy decision
Shane Lowry has supported Rory McIlroy's decision not to play in the Irish Open and believes the date needs to be changed.
McIlroy has been criticised in some quarters for deciding not to play in the event, which takes place two weeks before the Open Championship and the week before the Scottish Open.
However, fellow Irishman Lowry says he understands the decision and believes the scheduling of the event will scare off others being so close to the Open Championship, which is at Royal Portrush in Ireland this year.
"I think people have short memories, especially in sport," Lowry said. "I’m not sure there would be an Irish Open if it wasn’t for Rory so I’m not sure he owes the tournament anything. There was one really bad article in particular.
"Every player and every Irish player involved in golf in Ireland that actually knows something about golf in Ireland won’t have a bad word to say about him, and not playing the Irish Open. I had dinner with him last week and he explained it to me.
"The Open Championship is the biggest tournament he’ll play, being in Portrush, and he feels like he needs to prepare for that.
"I definitely won’t have anything to say about him. It’ll still be a great tournament in Lahinch and I’m certainly looking forward to going there."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.