'Let’s Just Go Out And Do Our Jobs' - Lowry's Advice To Fellow Pros After Merger

Shane Lowry says he calmed talk of a player strike in the immediate aftermath of the PGA Tour deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund

Shane Lowry hits a tee shot on the fifth hole during the Memorial Tournament.
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Shane Lowry says he moved to calm a potential players’ boycott during the initial angry responses to the PGA Tour’s deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

Players were left with feelings of betrayal after the stunning U-turn by the PGA Tour and commissioner Jay Monahan – who is currently away from his post due to a medical problem.

Monahan faced a furious meeting with players at the RBC Canadian Open in the immediate aftermath of the deal, where some members called for him to resign. According to Lowry, there was even talk of a players’ strike to make their point, but the 2019 Open champion said he spoke up at this point to calm proceedings and prevent any knee-jerk reactions.

"I was like, right lads, let’s take a chill for a minute here,” Lowry told RTE Sport’s Greg Allen.

"RBC have been a great sponsor to the Tour and to us. That’s not going to do anything for anybody doing that, so let’s just go out and do our jobs which is what we are here to do, and everything else will take care of itself."

Lowry added that he didn't do much media last week as he simply had no answers to the inevitable questions about the PGA Tour deal - much like many of his fellow pros: "I stayed quiet enough last week," Lowry added. "I didn’t do much media because I actually have no answers to any questions because I just don’t know.

"We don’t really know what is going on anymore. We don’t know what deal the PGA Tour have signed up for. I’ve said this all along, but the only thing you can do as a golfer is worry about yourself and play golf."

Lowry with his family and the Claret Jug

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Lowry says he feels pretty good about tackling Los Angeles Country Club, and wants to just concentrate on getting into contention for a second Major as he feels he knows how to convert.

"It’s going to be difficult, but there are chances there on the front nine, not many on the back nine," added Lowry. "The way I look at it is, on weeks like this, if I put myself within touching distance of the leaders on Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning going into the final round, that would be a somewhat successful week for me.

"My thing is to get myself into contention, if I can do that, I feel I have what it takes to do it. Often times, in tournaments like this, the hardest part is actually getting yourself there."

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.