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Friday 30 September 2016

'I won't be changing,' vows Lowry despite fine

Brian Keogh

Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30

Shane Lowry is chasing his second World Golf Championships success in the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
Shane Lowry is chasing his second World Golf Championships success in the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Shane Lowry has promised PGA Tour officials that he'll do his best to watch his language at the Blue Monster this week.

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But as he chases his second World Golf Championships success in the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, the Clara star admitted that he has no intention of curbing his fiery temper.

The world No 23 admitted that a PGA Tour fine - believed to be $5,000 - is almost certainly winging its way to him by post after he unleashed a series of F-words after sending a seven-iron into the lake at the par-three 15th in the final round of the Honda Classic last Sunday.

He just can't promise he won't let another torrent of curses go if he runs up another big number on Donald Trump's water-strewn resort.

"I definitely won't be changing," said Lowry, who tweeted, "So I said a bad word, shoot me," after his curses drew twitter criticism.

"Obviously I will try not to do that again. I said it to the guys on the PGA Tour, I will do my best. I think there could be a (fine) in the post. But it does go to charity, so that's the good thing."

Lowry tied for 17th in his debut at the Blue Monster year despite closing with a 74.

Disaster

And he's hopeful he can do better this year and avoid more water disaster on the feared 18th, where he followed a par with three bogeys 12 months ago.

"You have to keep it out of trouble," Lowry said.

"The 18th is just a tough hole. It is one of those where you are delighted to be walking off with a four.

"You just have to stand up with a pair of balls and hit one down there."

The Bridgestone Invitational winner is hoping to pick up some world ranking and valuable Ryder Cup points this week and he's impressed with captain Darren Clarke, having played under him in January's EurAsia Trophy win.

Clarke is in Florida this week, preparing for next week's Valspar Championship in Tampa and the following week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

And it appears that the big Dungannon man's frosty relationship with 2014 skipper Paul McGinley has thawed.

Clarke made the first move towards breaking the ice and the pair had a 45-minute Ryder Cup chat on the driving range during the Dubai Desert Classic.

"He's going to be very good," Clarke's agent Chubby Chandler said of the 2011 Open champion, who has already prepared his speech for Hazeltine in front of a camera.

"His attention to detail is unbelievable."

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