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Shane Lowry

British Open Champion Shane Lowry is hoping conditions will play into his hands as he makes his debut in the Saudi International.

Lowry began his season with a runners-up finish in the Hong Kong Open, but missed the cut in his defence of the Abi Dhabi HSBC Championship before a tie for 11th in Dubai last week.

The 32-year-old will play alongside world number one Brooks Koepka and former Masters Champion Sergio Garcia for the first two rounds at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

"It's very much a Middle East-style golf course and something that I like the look of straightaway," Lowry said. "Hopefully I can go out and play well, but I do really like the look of the golf course and it's in perfect condition.

"I've done well in Abu Dhabi, in the DP World (Tour Championship) and I played okay in the Desert Classic the last couple of years. It's the type of golf that I like.

"The wind picks up here in the afternoon, which would suit me a little bit, as well. It is a type of golf that I do enjoy playing.

"I got off to a great start in Hong Kong after a long break and didn't know what to expect. Then came to Abu Dhabi and I sort of had a mental error on the last hole and missed the cut out of nowhere.

"Last week I finished 11th and probably would have liked to finish better, but any Sunday morning you're sitting there eating your breakfast and feel like you have a chance to win the tournament is a good day.

"I feel like my form is okay and I'm hoping to do all right this week and pick up a few more World Ranking points and Ryder Cup points."

Koepka finished 34th in Abu Dhabi following a lengthy injury play-off and stayed in the Middle East last week despite not competing in Dubai.

"Last week I practised all week," Koepka said.

"I had three months off (with the injury) so there was no point in having a holiday or a vacation. It was more of a work thing. Just got the game ready. Felt good in Abu Dhabi. Felt good in Dubai. Feels good here."