Shane Lowry admits that winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews would tick off a career goal as he bids for his second DP World Tour title in as many starts.
Lowry arrested a three-year winless run with a thrilling one-shot victory over Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth three weeks ago and he hopes that win will kickstart him to become a regular lifter of silverware – starting at the Home of Golf.
“It’s definitely one of the places you’d love to win,” he said.
“I’d love to win at St Andrews and to win this tournament would be very special, and it would definitely be another box ticked in my career.
“I’m going along nicely, and I’ve won a few nice tournaments. I’d like to become a bit more consistent, winning a bit more every two or three years.”
The Clara native does seem a horses for courses type golfer. The 35-year-old had the best aggregate score to par without winning at Wentworth since 2014 before finally getting over the line earlier this month.
It’s a similar story as he arrives at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews with six top-20 finishes since his debut in 2009, including fourth place last year on a week where John Murphy announced himself as a hopeful for the future.
“You know, I just kind of keep going out and keep doing my thing and doing as best I can. Hopefully give myself a chance this week. I’m playing well and playing some of the best golf I’ve played in my career.
“If I can go out there and battle the elements this week when it comes, I’ll do all right.”
Lowry will begin his quest for a seventh DP World Tour title as he looks to capitalise on his impressive form on the difficult Carnoustie course alongside Rasmus Hojgaard who will want to put a disappointing French Open weekend behind him. The Offaly man knows a good start is imperative.
“If you look at the forecast, it’s good tomorrow, which means scoring will be quite good here and at Kingsbarns,” he said.
“Carnoustie even on a nice day is tough, so it will be important to shoot a good score tomorrow.
“Kingsbarns on Friday will be pretty difficult. Yeah, just go and play. It’s the same for everyone. Just go out and deal with it and try to enjoy as best you can and shoot the best score you can.”