Morning Start For Shane Lowry At Irish Open

Carrie Guzman
September 25, 2020

Lowry saw his wife and daughter for the first time in nearly three-months on Monday, he isolated at home before making the trip to Ballymena today and he's looking forward to a spell at home with his family after this Sunday. The 33-year-old won this event as an amateur in 2009 and he believes the expectations from spectators and himself have prevented him from adding another Irish Open to his name. "But other than that, honestly, I played great".

"I am happy with today", Smith said. "I'm used to it now so I'll just get out and do what I've been doing, try and shoot the best scores I can and see where it leaves me".

"I'm taking five weeks off after this, I think no matter how good, bad or indifferent I play this week, the five weeks off will be welcome. I just didn't want to play golf at that point so last week did absolutely nothing, put the clubs away for a little bit, chilled and now we're back on track".

Padraig Harrington offered a unusual sight on the first day of the Irish Open as he eliminated a huge tree branch that was blocking his ball after an errant shot at the 10th.

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Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington eliminated a big loose tree after entering into an area of trouble at the Irish Open! "I spent those six months working a lot on my swing and technique and getting some stuff clear in my own head".

While Rory McIlroy was among the players who opted not to travel to the tournament but Lowry says he was always going to support it. "I'm not coming here and it's like, "Isn't it great Shane's here".

"The marshal had pointed a golf ball to me and I was very delicate with everything around it but my golf ball was another two feet further away from that". "I'm not competitive, I'm not ready in that sense". Tvesa, who finished tied-10th at the Lacoste Open de France last week, moved up from tied-38th to tied-31st after Round 2 of the 54-hole event.

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