Shane Lowry is delighted have ticked off a season goal by earning a second Ryder Cup appearance in Rome later this month after being handed a captain’s pick by Luke Donald.
Lowry was one of six picks alongside Tommy Fleetwood, Sepp Straka, Justin Rose, Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Aberg for the biennial contest in Marco Simone Golf and Country Club and he will join compatriot Rory McIlroy on the 12-man team to take on the USA.
“A lot of my big goals this year were getting to Rome and trying to win that Ryder Cup back. Everything we do over the next few weeks will be put towards that and hopefully we can win that cup back,” said the Offaly man.
“I’m incredibly proud, grateful, I’m very excited for Rome.”
Lowry was one of the bright sparks for Europe as they fell to a record breaking defeat to the US in Whistling Straits in 2021 and the 2019 Open champion is chomping at the bit to play his first home Ryder Cup.
“The last one hurt a bit, I’m excited for a home Ryder Cup and I’m grateful Luke has given me the opportunity to go and show what I can do again.”
Donald regarded Lowry as a man for the big occasion and he is delighted with how his Ryder Cup team is shaping up with eight experienced campaigners balancing out four rookies.
European Captain Donald said: “I am delighted to announce Ludvig, Tommy, Nicolai, Shane, Justin and Sepp as part of Team Europe for the Ryder Cup, joining the six players who qualified automatically.
“We have great depth of talent in Europe, and that is perfectly illustrated with the team we now have confirmed for Rome, which is a strong blend of players with previous Ryder Cup experience combined with exciting and talented rookies.
“I’m really pleased to have this team now in place, and we are all looking forward to going to Rome later this month and trying to win back the Ryder Cup.”