Shane Lowry’s confidence is high ahead of the upcoming Irish Open in Lahinch, but the Offaly native isn’t getting carried away ahead of the tournament he won as an amateur all the way back in 2009.
The 32-year old has been in sparkling form so far this season, in what’s arguably been the best five months of his career with his win in Abu Dhabi the unquestionable highlight.
Lowry has seen himself jump up to 35th in the world following two top-five finishes on the PGA Tour as well as a brilliant performance in the PGA Championship which saw him finish eighth.
Even at the US Open, Lowry was able to bounce back from a disappointing opening round at Pebble Beach, to make the cut and impressively finish inside the top 30.
Speaking in Dublin, as he was announced as a Paddy Power ambassador, the Offaly native explained that he is playing the best golf of his career heading into the Irish Open.
“It’s probably the best I’ve been playing and definitely the best first half of a season I have had in my whole career.
“My confidence is pretty high, and I need to check my expectations a little bit. Honestly, for the first round of the US Open, I was never as comfortable or as confident going out to play a round of golf.
“It is just trying to manage expectation for myself going down [to Lahinch] next week, and I think I will do alright.”
The tournament, of course, holds a special place in Lowry’s heart given his incredible victory in County Louth ten years ago, when a playoff victory over Robert Rock saw him announce himself to the golfing world.
Since then Lowry has enjoyed a steady career in the game which has seen him win the Portuguese Masters, the Bridgestone Invitational on top of a host of top ten finishes in the various major championships.
Lowry’s last victory back in January in Abu Dhabi was his first in four years and was made even more special by the presence of his wife Wendy and his young daughter Iris.
So what would it mean for the former champion to reclaim his crown in Lahinch in front of his family, ten years on from County Louth?
“I don’t even want to try start explaining how unbelievable it would be for me to win next week,” beamed Lowry.
“I’m going to try not to think about it for the next 12 days. I’d love to just go there and give myself a chance. It would be great if one of us had a chance, whether it be Pádraig [Harrington], or G-Mac [Graeme McDowell], or Dunners [Paul Dunne], one of us.
“The tournament kind of almost deserves that. I hope it’s me.”
Shane Lowry is a Paddy Power Golf Ambassador and columnist with Paddy Power News.