I would love to take over Padraig's mantle one day, says pal Shane Lowry
IRISH golfer Shane Lowry has said he hopes to follow Padraig Harrington's success with similar achievements during his career.
Shane said he didn't think Padraig would win the Honda Classic last week and welcomed the star's comeback.
He also said he was looking forward to meeting Padraig at the US Masters and added that he hoped to "take on the mantle from him" some day.
"I was over there that weekend in Palm Beach and I went out for dinner with him on the Sunday night and he was finishing on Monday so it was good he was in good spirits", said Shane.
"He was after having a bad start and personally I didn't think he was going to win, but it's great for him.
"I get on with Padraig really well. I think he's a good lad and he's been great to me over the last couple of years and I look forward to having him at the Masters.
"I'm looking forward to hanging around with him a lot more and learning from him.
"Padraig has been leading the way in Irish golf for the last number of years and I hope I can take over that mantle at some stage from him."
Meanwhile, Shane also said he isn't playing the game for the money.
He was speaking in the context of a missed putt at a tournament in Doral, Florida, last weekend - which cost him close to $30,000 (€28,000).
"I didn't even know how much it was worth," he said.
"I've pulled putts on 18th greens that were worth a couple of hundred grand. For me I just go and see where I finish.
"I finished 17th and I said okay, the big thing for me was the world ranking points that I lost from that putt. I still made a decent cheque last week."
Shane has become a brand ambassador at the launch of an innovative new golfing app that will allow people to book lessons with professional golfers at the press of a button.
Simply Golf launched the app that will make professional golfers accessible for booking lessons to all levels of players.
The €500,000 project, launched by the Irish company hopes to get access to a further €5m in funding from investors and then hopes to expand into the US market.