Shane Lowry is hoping a strong showing at this year’s WGC-HSBC Champions can give his Ryder Cup chances a Major lift ahead of a well-earned Christmas break.
The Open Champion will be joined by 2018 Master Champ Patrick Reed, 2017 Masters winner, Sergio Garcia and multiple Major winners Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson in Shanghai at the end of this month to compete for the coveted title.
With Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka already committed, reigning Champion Xander Schauffele will have his work cut out come October 31 to November 3, 2019 at Sheshan International Golf Club, where the field will be awash with Major Champions trying to claim Asia’s most prestigious golf trophy.
Clara star, Lowry won his first major at Royal Portrush earlier this summer, ensuring a fairy-tale ending to what was The Open’s first visit to Ireland since 1951. With his sights now set firmly on qualifying for Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team, Lowry is eying the WGC-HSBC Champions as an important landmark to set him on his way.
“I am looking forward to turning up in Shanghai as a Major Champion to compete for the final World Golf Championships title of the year,” said Lowry.
“It has been a very special time since winning The Open and I have honestly enjoyed every minute of it. However, with the European Ryder Cup qualifying process kicking off last month, I am now looking to finish the season on a high and the WGC-HSBC Champions is where I have all my focus.
“Even although it is early days in the qualifying process, getting myself up the Ryder Cup standings will certainly help me relax over the off season and enjoy Christmas all the more.”