Shane Lowry maintains he isn’t under any extra pressure to make his 2020 Ryder Cup debut as a captain’s pick, despite missing out on automatic qualification for Team Europe by a whisker.
Lowry was knocked out of the automatic qualification spots at the BMW PGA Championship earlier this month, with Bernd Wiesberger earning the fourth position on the European Points List and Rory McIlroy taking Lowry’s place on the World Points List.
The 2019 Open winner was subsequently chosen as one of three captain’s picks by his friend Padraig Harrington, ahead of former world No. 1 Justin Rose, and Lowry is looking forward to making the most of his first Ryder Cup trip.
“You can’t possibly feel any more pressure than there will be out there on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” Lowry said. “You’re playing for your team, your continent, and the European Tour, whereas we’re playing for ourselves.” We’re competing for a variety of reasons.
“I’m a captain’s pick, but believe me when I say that I was on the verge of making the team. I was the first man out and thought I deserved to be picked. It would certainly be a little different if I didn’t believe I deserved to be here, but I truly believe I do. I’m just looking forward to the coming week.
“I don’t mind if I don’t score this week as long as we win on Sunday. It makes no difference to me. I don’t mind if I don’t play on Sunday as long as we win. It makes no difference to me. This week, there’s only one thing that matters: winning the trophy.
“It won’t be a successful week unless we’re standing there on Sunday evening with the Ryder Cup. As a member of this squad, I’ll do whatever it takes to get there on Sunday evening for the 2020 Ryder Cup. It doesn’t matter to me whether I play a lot or none at all; all I have to do this week is do what I’m told and do it well.”
Lowry nearly missed out on qualifying for Darren Clarke’s team in 2016 and was not considered for a spot in Thomas Bjorn’s side at Le Golf National, but the 34-year-old is looking to make amends when he makes his debut in Wisconsin.
“It was something I really wanted to do and felt like I had to do if I wanted to be up there with those guys when it comes to very good or great Irish golfers,” Lowry said. “It’s something I feel like I squandered in 2016 when I could have been on that team. Towards the end of that campaign, I didn’t play particularly well.
“This year, when I was given the opportunity, I felt strongly that I should accept it. Obviously, I needed a pick [to make the team], but at the end of the day, Paddy [Harrington] has put his faith in me, and I’m glad for that.
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