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Lowry not 'overly-optimistic' heading into Mexico

20th February 2020, 08:49 by James Mason

World number 18 Shane Lowry admits his expectation levels are low for this week's WGC-Mexico Championship, which kicks off on Thursday.

Lowry kicked off 2020 with a second-place finish at the Hong Kong Open and despite a missed cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in his next outing, progress has been steady since then with two top-15 results.

The Irishman is looking for his second WGC title this week, having triumphed at the 2015 Bridgestone Invitational, but there doesn't appear to be huge expectations for Mexico.

Lowry, the reigning Open champion, says he has enjoyed a mini-break from competitive action but he is not putting too much pressure on himself as he targets a third PGA Tour title.

"I've had a nice couple of weeks off," he was quoted as saying by the Irish Times. "I had four weeks in a row at the start of the year so it's a long four weeks when it's the first run of the year.

"I felt like I played okay in Dubai and Saudi, and I'm happy to be over here now, in Mexico this week and in the USA for the next couple of months. And hopefully I can put in a few good performances.

"I wouldn't be overly-optimistic but I never usually am, and I try to come in under the radar and do my thing for the week. Hopefully I can pop up on the leaderboard come Saturday afternoon and give it a run on Sunday."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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