Friday 23 March 2018

Shane Lowry hits out at decision to allow mobile phone use at Irish Open


Shane Lowry. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Shane Lowry. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Shane Lowry has given the thumbs down to fans being allowed to take photos of the action on their mobile phones at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week.

Lowry shudders at the thought of a volley of clicks as he or any other player is taking a shot in such a high-profile event where the galleries traditionally flock to follow the Irish players.

But the European Tour has gone against previous practice, and instead of trying to deter spectators from taking photos at Portstewart, they are offering a £500 (€570) prize for the best picture taken via mobile phone between Tuesday and Sunday.

"I think that's just ridiculous. There's going to be carnage this week for myself and the other Irish guys.

"What a bad week to trial something like that. There's going to be 20,000-25,000 people out on the course.

"Statistically, there's going to be a certain percentage of those people who won't have their phones on silent. They're going to use it anyway."


Lowry is also not a fan of attempts to hype up the atmosphere by having music blaring on the practice range.

"The Tour is into all this new stuff like music on the range.

"I'm not a fan of much of it, some of it I am.

"Trying to warm-up at half-six in the morning on the range and One Direction comes on.

"You're thinking, 'ah, come on, I'm only barely out of bed.'

"You're trying to get your head right, you know what I mean?

"This week at the Irish Open, does anyone care if they have music on the range?

"No one is going to go for the music on the range; they'll still go for the golf," he said.

Lowry sensationally won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, and a repeat victory would be a dream come true.

"The Irish Open is the one you want to win.

"I've been lucky enough to win it as an amateur but I'd love to win it as a pro."

Irish Independent

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