Shane Lowry is aiming for a spot in the Ryder Cup after nearly losing out on a spot at the Tour Championship.
Shane Lowry is absolutely focused on an automatic Ryder Cup spot despite missing out on a FedEx Cup final spot.
Despite nearly losing out on a berth in the FedEx Cup final at the Tour Championship this week, Shane Lowry has admitted that he is focused on confirming his automatic Ryder Cup spot.
Lowry started last week’s second FedEx Cup play-off tournament at the BMW Championship outside the FedEx Cup top 30, knowing he’d have to climb into one of the top slots after his performance at Caves Valley to qualify for this week’s East Lake event.
But it was not to be for the 2019 Open Champion, as after a spirited bogey-free final round of seven-under-par, the Irishman was only able to finish 45th in the points standings, just missing out on a spot in Atlanta.
Despite his Tour disappointment, Lowry’s final round flurry confirmed his place atop the European Ryder Cup global points list, ahead of Victor Perez of France, who is just outside automatic qualification.
Following his round in Maryland, the Irishman stated that his major goal now is to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits next month, rather than relying on a wildcard choice.
“I’d prefer not be under pressure,” he remarked. I’d prefer to be fully integrated into the team…. But, hey, that’s the way it is. It’s a fantastic situation to be in. When the France Ryder Cup was held three years ago, I wasn’t even close to the team.
“I would have given anything to be in my current position. So now I’m in a position where I have to take it by the scruff of the neck and try to make the team.”
With two weeks left to qualify for Team Europe, Lowry has decided to compete in this year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on September 9 in order to further solidify his Ryder Cup position following his FedEx Cup elimination.
Fellow Europeans Justin Rose and Ian Poulter will also be in Surrey to support the 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year in one of the European Tour’s most important events, in the hopes of improving their Ryder Cup chances.
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