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Lowry wants to be number 1


Shane Lowry. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Shane Lowry. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Shane Lowry. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Open champion Shane Lowry can take a giant step towards the Race to Dubai by becoming the first player to win the $5million Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the Claret Jug in the same season.

The Offaly man arrives in Scotland with only a slender lead over Spain's Jon Rahm after he finished 11th in the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday and the Spaniard was runner-up to England's Danny Willett.

He has a string of big European events to play before Christmas with Rolex Series appearances in Italy and Turkey as well as the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

And while knows the Race to Dubai will not be settled until the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, he's gunning for a third big win on links terrain following his victory in The Open and his memorable breakthrough in the 2009 Irish Open at Baltray as an amateur.

"It feels like every tournament I play now is a big event," said Lowry, who has two top-10 finishes in ten starts in the event.

"Obviously I had a decent week at Wentworth last week, so I was happy enough with that and hopefully I can take that form into this week and have a good week here.

"It is relaxed here, but we're all very competitive people, I know I am, and I desperately want to go out there this week and do well.

"I want to consolidate my place at the top of the Race to Dubai, but I have a couple of months to do that, and there are going to be some big tournaments. If I can do my own business, hopefully, I'll do OK."