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Lowry out to make mark on PGA


Shane Lowry. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Shane Lowry. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE


Shane Lowry. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

TWO weeks ago Shane Lowry was making headlines around the world by beating Rory McIlroy in the first round of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.

But while McIlroy remains in the spotlight at the next WGC event, Lowry will be contesting his first regular PGA Tour event at the Puerto Rico Open.

"I want to play on the PGA Tour as much as I can," Lowry, who plans to stay in the United States until May, said.

"I spoke to my manager maybe six weeks ago and said I knew this was opposite the Cadillac, so I said to him, 'Any chance we can get an invite there?' and we were lucky enough that we did get an invite. I am very grateful for that and hopefully I can make the most of it this week."

Lowry is not a member of the PGA Tour but knows finishing in the top 10 in Puerto Rico will earn him a place in the Tampa Bay Championship next week.

"I'd like to do really well," said Lowry. "Do I think I can win? I know I can win if I play good golf. But I'm trying not to think about it like that. I'm trying to just take it one day at a time and see what happens come Sunday."