New Open Champion Shane Lowry and his young family have arrived in New Jersey for this week’s Northern Trust, the Euro 8.32m event being the opening tournament of the three-event FedEx Cup Play-Off Series where Lowry is making his debut.
It’s a case of ‘back to work’ for the Royal Portrush victory heroafter a fortnight’s celebrating in capturing the Claret Jug which has hardly been out of Lowry’s hands since his stunning six-shot triumph.Though golf’s most famous trophy will be staying in Ireland as the Lowry’s crossed ‘The Pond’.
At currently 20th on the FedEx table, Ireland’s sixth Major Champion is almost assured of contesting all three ‘Play-Off Series’ events and that will include the season-ending Tour Championship starting August 22nd in Atlanta, where the winner will scoop a $10m bonus pool payout.
Lowry has never finished a PGA Tour season higher than 80th on the money list (2016) and he has also never previously contested a Play-Off Series event, having struggled the past two years to end 125th on the money list or higher.
Now, with a 10-year Tour exemption, Lowry will join the Tour’s 125 leading money-earners this season competing on the Liberty National course with the backdrop being one of most famous statues in the world – the Statue of Liberty.
Teeing-up with Lowry will be fellow Irishman Rory McIlroy who, along with his wife Erica are looking forward to having dinner with the Lowry’s in nearby New York.
“I texted Shane saying to him, we need to all go out for dinner in New York and have a couple of celebratory drinks,” said McIlroy.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him and just so happy for him.”