Extra sweet to see nice guy Lowry finish with a flourish
A week before the British Open, I sat with Shane Lowry and there was a problem. He was promoting his new clothing range and a healthy media contingent had assembled - all of us looking for our pound of flesh.
We were about to begin the interview when one of the PR officials popped his head around the door.
"How long do you think you'll need?" he asked me.
Appreciating the busy nature of the day, I responded rather generously with, "Just 12 or 13 minutes would be great."
Now, I'm no expert in body language, but this did not go down too well with my new PR friend. "Oh, can you to keep it to six or seven minutes tops?"
I baulked slightly. "I could really do with closer to 12 or 13."
Hence, our problem.
If this strikes you as all rather ridiculous, then you're right, of course. But my PR friend is only doing his job. He wants Shane to speak to as many outlets as possible. If he allows every scheduled interview to double in length, then Shane will be sitting around for an extra few hours.
I, meanwhile, would prefer an interview as opposed to just a sound bite.
It's a regular enough impasse which can often spoil an interview. In almost all instances the interviewee stays out of it. He or she doesn't fancy sitting around for the extra few hours. Who would?
Thankfully, Shane intervened. "It's fine. Honestly, we'll be fine doing the extra few minutes."
And, hey presto, the way was cleared and I hit record.
I like different sports people for vastly different reasons. Roy Keane, Padraig Harrington and Anthony Daly are all different and brilliant.
Lowry is just a great guy. He's one of the few people I look forward to meeting and interviewing. For most its business, a chore to be done - and that's fine. Lowry is a cut above that. It was extra sweet to see the nice guy win on Sunday.