Shane Lowry insists that he isnt putting himself under pressure to win the Race to cap what has been the period of his career and Dubai.
Lowry started 2019 along with his Rolex Series victory in Abu Dhabi, but he surpassed his achievement when he stormed at Royal Portrush, winning The Open with six shots.
The Irishmans stellar period has assured he is firmly in contention to end the year as European No 1 for the very first time, and hell try to regain the lead near the top of the Rush to Dubai standings in the Italian Open was jeopardized by Spanish Open champion Jon Rahm final week.
Obviously Id really like to pass Jon this week, but finally, it is just going to matter who is No 1 at the end of November, said Lowry. Ive got plenty of events left, I feel as if my game is great enough and I feel as though I can give it a good go. I am very enthusiastic about this, and it could be a excellent conclusion to what has been a excellent year for me.
When I win the Hurry to Dubai, then it will be great. I am not going to sit about it if I dont, but it would be a massive factor for me. So Im going to give it my best to take at the scores.
Ultimately, it is likely going to come down to the last few events. Im just going to keep doing exactly what Ive been doing this year. Its very exciting that Im there and Im excited about the challenge.
Obviously I wish to keep trying to find some Ryder Cup points and keep challenging myself every day to shoot the best scores I could, and just kind of keep playing with my golfing, continue doing exactly what Ive been doing all season, and also to win the Hurry Dubai, that would kind of high off what has already been an amazing year.
Lowry and the opening two rounds in Rome will play with house favorite Francesco Molinari, the guy he replaced as Open champion, after missing out to the hat-trick last May and the Italian will be bidding for his third win on home soil.
Molinari has refreshing and fond memories of claiming his maiden European Tour victory and the Milan supporters thrilled again when he pipped Danny Willett by one stroke.
I feel the very first win on Tour, I never knew that it was coming now, clearly in the home, I think nobody really expected me to win in the beginning of the week, he explained. You could almost feel the expectations rising through the entire week, and it was just an amazing relief on the 18th green, viewing all the folks there celebrating, a lot of families and friends.
I couldnt have asked for a greater win on Tour, however, the second one was different. Many decades afterwards, and different circumstances and expectations from the start. That year, I had a season, however that I hadnt won in a few decades.
In a home event, should you begin well, you can truly feel the vibe shifting and people sort of expecting you to acquire and to bring the trophy home. I just remember the back nine Sunday, not playing my best golf, but just grinding hard and again, huge relief to the 18th green.
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