Lowry aiming to enjoy home victory as a pro this time
Former champion Shane Lowry reckons his game is ready to take on all that the €6.16m Dubai Duty Free Irish Open can throw at him, despite missing the cut in France last week.
Lowry, who felt a degree of shock at his early exit from the French Open, consoled himself with time at home with daughter Iris and his wife Wendy over the weekend.
Next stop Portstewart and yet another opportunity to contend for the Irish Open title he won as an amateur in 2009 in County Louth.
Lowry, like Rory McIlroy, has never played a competitive round at the Causeway Coast links.
Caddie Dermot Byrne was in situ yesterday measuring the links and assessing the challenge facing his boss while Lowry had a sponsorship engagement with new backers Immedis.
Today the Clara native travels to the Irish Open venue where he will carry out some more corporate and media duties before playing nine holes.
A win in his home championship as a professional remains a big career ambition.
"The Irish Open is the one you want to win," said Lowry.
"I've been lucky enough to win it as an amateur but I'd love to win it again as a pro. To be able to put another trophy beside the one I won in 2009 would be great.
"Would I be putting too much pressure on myself? I don't think so. To be honest, I think I'm in a great place at the minute, both on and off the golf course."