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Irish Open Diary - Lowry aims to follow in Harrington's footsteps

SHANE LOWRY didn't need reminding that the last time a professional golfer wore the Bank of Ireland logo on his sweater, he won the Irish Open and then went on the rampage at the Major Championships, winning three titles in 13 months.

That man, of course, was Padraig Harrington.

"We talked about it yesterday, actually," Lowry revealed at the launch of a new sponsorship deal with the bank which runs until the end of December 2016.

"Hopefully, I can wear the logo with pride like he did and maybe get a few tournament wins," added the Clara man, who sensationally won the 2009 Open as an amateur.

"Though one Major in the next few years would do me!"

DALY TALKS BLARNEY AFTER WITHDRAWAL

GRATITUDE IS ... John Daly, who accepted a sponsor's invite to play at the Irish Open, but withdrew this week when listed as first alternate for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.

"Had to WD from IO but 1 alternate for Hartford got to play if I get in so sorry to European Tour and the Irish Open," he Tweeted cryptically, adding the hashtag: "tough decision to make".

Blarney or what?

MCGEADY MISSES OUT ON CHANCE TO SHINE AT FOTA

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THE What-Do-You-Have-To-Do Award goes to Michael McGeady, first reigning Irish PGA champion not to be accorded a place in his national open.

Despite winning the title, McGeady unluckily didn't qualify for one of the top eight spots on last year's Irish Region Order of Merit, which would have clinched him a place at Fota.

The sponsor's invite given back by John Daly after his withdrawal yesterday was handed to South Africa's Tjaart Van Der Walt.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"See, American airlines! If he'd flown Aer Lingus, it wouldn't have happened" – Paul McGinley's quip when told Rory McIlroy's clubs failed to arrive with his United flight from Newark on Monday and still hadn't turned up yesterday. Guess which prominent golfer is a new brand ambassador for the national carrier?

NUMBER OF THE DAY

27 The number of 'home' golfers in the 156 man field at the Irish Open. They include all four of Ireland's Major Champions (Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke), plus four amateurs chosen by the GUI (Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan, Robbie Cannon and Dermot McIlroy).


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