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Lowry thinks a new date could help Irish Open

27th June 2019, 19:09 by Tom Hill

Former Irish Open champion Shane Lowry believes the tournament should be moved down the calendar in order to attract bigger names.

The 32-year-old won the event as an amateur in 2009 and he will return to play at Lahinch next week.

No big American names are set to play in the event as they prepare to work on their game ahead of The Open Championship.

The likes of Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen and Tommy Fleetwood are all set to play in Ireland, but Lowry claims more should be done to make the event a bigger spectacle.

The Irish Open is part of the lucrative Roles Series, meaning it will carry a prize fund of €6million.

However, despite the money on off, the majority of the world's top ten are instead heading to the Scottish Open next month instead and Lowry is confident a change of date will help.

He told The 42: "I personally think the Irish Open should be moved to a different date. I think the best date would be around Wentworth in September and then you might get a good field because you have three big tournaments in a row with the Dunhill Links afterwards as well.

"The week of the Scottish Open, that is not the best course in the world this year, but if some of the [American] guys want to come over and play and get used to playing links golf, that's the tournament you would play and lead that into the Open.

"I don't think playing the Irish Open and then taking a week off is the right way to go about it. If I was American, that's the way I'd be doing it too."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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