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Lowry ready for fresh Irish Open title push

3rd July 2019, 12:51 by Craig Smithson

Shane Lowry is happy with his form and "feeling good" about his chances of winning this week's home Irish Open.

The 32-year-old 2016 US Open runner-up has not won the tournament on home soil for a decade, when he edged Robert Rock on the third extra hole to clinch the trophy, as he became just the third amateur to win on the European Tour in the process.

Lowry is looking to repeat that win at Lahinch Golf Club this week and will go into the Irish Open having already enjoyed success in 2019 after he won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The world number 35 has since enjoyed three top-eight finishes in his last four starts and is relishing the prospect of targeting another win.

"I'm feeling good, it's probably the best form-wise I've ever come into an Irish Open, but I'm doing my best to try and play down my expectations and just go out there and enjoy it as much as I can," Lowry told europeantour.com.

"I think golfers are like that. We're not like boxers, we don't stand there and say: 'I'm definitely going to win'. I know how fickle this game is and I know as soon as you feel like you have it mastered it can jump up and bite you quicker than you expect.

"I will have expectations of doing well this week, I wouldn't be here if I didn't, but I'm just trying to play them down in my own head and just play my own game."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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