Lowry relishing chance to lead GB&I in Sunday Singles as he faces Molinari

Ronan MacNamara
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Shane Lowry (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Shane Lowry will lead out the Great Britain and Ireland team in the Sunday Singles session as Tommy Fleetwood’s charges look to overturn a two point deficit and win the Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Lowry is without a point from his three matches so far alongside Fleetwood, Seamus Power and Tyrrell Hatton but captain Fleetwood has chosen to put his faith in the Clara man.

“He said to me early on in the week that he wanted me to lead the way all week,” said Lowry who will face Continental Europe captain Francesco Molinari in the battle of the Open Champions. “Things got a bit weird on Friday evening that I couldn’t go out first on Saturday morning so it changed a little bit, then he said to me this afternoon he was going to put me out first.

“I think he wants me to go out first and put a point on the board and I will be trying my best to do that.”

Nothing has gone right for the 2019 Open champion thus far and he has cut a frustrated figure for 54 holes, with some poor golf shots and a lot of shaved edges on the greens drawing a fuming grimace from the Offaly native, but he won’t dwell on his poor form if GB&I can wrestle back the advantage and win the Hero Cup on Sunday.

“To be honest, if I lose my match tomorrow and we win, I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me as long as we win as a team that’s what it’s all about.”

GB&I trial Continental Europe 6.5-8.5 after two sessions of foursomes and a four ball session on Friday.

Waterford’s Seamus Power is fourth out against talented Dane, Nicolai Hojgaard who combined beautifully with Molinari to beat Callum Shinkwin/Matt Wallace and Ewen Ferguson/Richard Mansell on Saturday.

Power has one win from three matches having tasted defeat alongside Lowry and Robert MacIntyre after winning his foursomes match alongside the Scot on Friday.

Fleetwood has opted to put his big names out towards the top of the draw with himself, Lowry, Power and Hatton out in the first four matches.

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