Friday 17 January 2020

Lowry cashes in on Open win with new sponsor

Shane Lowry. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Shane Lowry. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Shane Lowry continues to cash in on his Open success and signed a new sponsorship deal with global executive advisory giants Teneo.

The Offalyman (32) inked a new five-year deal with Srixon and Cleveland Golf believed to be worth at least $10 million back in October and more big-money announcements are imminent as his deals with the likes of Kingspan, Immedis and Bank of Ireland all run out at the end of this year.

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The terms and duration of the Teneo deal have not been revealed but it will not be lost on Lowry's management that Pádraig Harrington reportedly earned $12 million from a three-year deal with FTI Consulting, another major US business advisory firm, after his third Major win in 2008.

"We are delighted to have Shane serve as a global brand Ambassador for Teneo," said Tipperary man Declan Kelly, chairman and CEO of Teneo who was executive vice-president of FTI until 2011. "He is one of the most exciting and popular players in the world today and will be a great asset for our firm as we continue to expand and grow our operations."

Lowry, who has already signed up to play in the Hong Kong Open, the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the Saudi International in Saudi Arabia early next year, sounded happy with the new arrangement.

"I am really excited about entering into this global brand partnership with Teneo," he said in a statement. "The truly global nature of Teneo's business, allied to the company's strong Irish roots and heritage, is something that really appeals to me."

Meanwhile, Gary Hurley completed an impressive recovery from foot surgery to lead the Irish challenge after the opening round of the Alps Tour Qualifying School in Spain.

Just two months after going under the knife, the West Waterford man (26) made five birdies in three-under 69 on the Asia Course at La Cala to share 17th place in the race to finish in the top 35 and ties after three rounds.

A Walker Cup winner with Paul Dunne, Gavin Moynihan, Cormac Sharvin and Jack Hume in 2015, Hurley has so far struggled to make his mark in the paid ranks. After deciding to revamp his swing, he made just one cut from seven starts on the Challenge Tour this year and feared his 2019 season was over when he had surgery on the third metatarsal bone in his foot just nine weeks ago.

He lies just five shots off the lead alongside Ulster's Peter Dallat, who shot a three-under 68. Michael Dallat and Damian Murphy were joint 40th after carding one-under 70s, but Delgany's Simon Bryan and Galway's Ronan Mullarney were tied 81st after one-over-par rounds of 73 and 72 respectively.

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