Shane Lowry Targets Olympic And Ryder Cup Debuts

The Irishman wants to represent Ireland in Tokyo and Europe at Whistling Straits next year

Shane Lowry Targets Olympic And Ryder Cup Debuts

The Irishman wants to represent Ireland in Tokyo and Europe at Whistling Straits next year

Shane Lowry Targets Olympic And Ryder Cup Debuts

Open Champion Shane Lowry is the biggest star in Ireland right now after his victory at Royal Portrush and he has set his sights on representing his country at Tokyo 2020.

The Champion Golfer of the Year pulled out of Rio 2016 due to Zika virus fears but is fully targeting Gold next year for Ireland with talks of him even carrying his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony.

“Absolutely,” Lowry said when asked if he would carry the Irish Tricolour at the Tokyo next year.

“It will be incredible, won’t it? I missed the last one. I got a lot of stick for that. I had my own reasons.

"This has gone a long way to putting me on the plane for Japan. I’m very excited.

"We’ll be going over the week after the Open next year for the Opening Ceremony, so to be around at that will be pretty cool.

"Hopefully I can go there.

"Wins are hard to come by, but hopefully I can bring a medal home.”

The Irishman also looks to make his Ryder Cup debut next year when Europe looks to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits.

It's surprising that he has never played but next year looks highly likely after winning the Claret Jug, especially when you consider that his close friend and fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington captains the side.

“I just want to play in the Ryder Cup. I’ve watched the last couple, had a chance to make the team a few years ago [in 2016] and I didn’t and I was very jealous, envious even of the guys playing.

"I just want to experience it. I’m ambitious and I don’t want to miss out on it. I want to see what its like and obviously next year, with Paddy as captain, would be great.

“I definitely wouldn’t be scared of playing anyone. I’d obviously love the opportunity to play Ryder Cup but there’s a long way to go for that and I really need to focus on that a lot over the next 12 months and then I’ll plan my schedule accordingly and see where it leaves me.”

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x