Lowry ‘itching to go into battle’ with Straka who labels him ‘a legend’

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Shane Lowry (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ronan MacNamara

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Shane Lowry is chomping at the bit to get out on the first tee in Friday morning’s foursomes session after Luke Donald selected him to play alongside Austrian rookie Sepp Straka.

The European pair will tee it up in the third foursomes match against Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa while Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood will be in the anchor match against Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

Lowry, making his second Ryder Cup appearance and first at home will play in the foursomes for the first time in his career and he is relishing the opportunity.

“It’s very exciting. Obviously there’s been a big buildup to this. It’s been a long week so far, and I think we all woke up this morning itching to get going,” said the Offaly man.

“I’m obviously very excited to be out there in the morning. I’m very happy playing with Sepp. He’s been playing great this year, and he’s been playing great all week. I’m happy to go out there and go into battle with him.”

Straka, a two-time PGA Tour winner including pipping Lowry down the stretch at the 2022 Honda Classic has heralded him as a ‘legend’ and is extremely excited to sample the first tee atmosphere.

“I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like on the first tee. Today it wasn’t even packed the whole way, and it was already crazy.

“Playing with Shane, the guy’s a legend. He’s been playing so well for such a long time now. Yeah, obviously really excited to be having him on my side.”

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