Sunday 25 August 2019

Shane Lowry: 'It sounds like I have been on a stag party for about a week but I promise, I haven't'

Irish Open Diary

Shane Lowry. Photo: Sportsfile
Shane Lowry. Photo: Sportsfile
Graeme McDowell. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Shane Lowry insisted it was down to a genuine ailment - and not a stag party - that left him gravelly-voiced at Lahinch.

"No, I woke up with a really bad cough in the middle of the night," he said with a grin. "I was feeling bad over the last week so my voice is kind of coming and going.

"It sounds like I have been on a stag party for about a week but I promise, I haven't. I don't feel badly, it's not affecting me at all. It's just waking me up a couple of times a night, that's it."

McDowell limbering up for tilt at The Open

Graeme McDowell might have been frustrated to open with a two-over 72 but he believes he's getting the perfect warm-up for The Open at Royal Portrush.

"It is an unusual links course because you can't run anything into a green ever, so you need to be in good shape off the tee to be able to fly balls onto the green," he said.

"Portrush is not dissimilar to this place. A lot of up-slopes into the greens, so similar to Portrush in its test because it commands accuracy to then be able to go into the greens with high shots.

"It's perfect prep for The Open in a few weeks."

McGinley returns to a happy hunting ground

Paul McGinley's brother Michael never won the South of Ireland but he took some major scalps along the way.

He beat Seamus Power in his last South of Ireland appearance in 2010 but claimed an even bigger scalp in 2001 when he beat defending champion Graeme McDowell by two holes.

Michael still remembered hitting his approach out of bounds onto the Liscannor Road on the 18th when he discussed the vagaries of Lahinch.

Lamenting his par-five to finish, he said: "If my ball had caught the front left bunker I was in good shape but one hop and I nearly had to deal with the wall. The last time I played that hole competitively, one down playing the last in the South of Ireland in 2001, I got a little frisky and hit it over the wall."

Sunny side up for fans

Fans can expect more fair weather at Lahinch today with pleasant 18c temperatures and more sunny spells.

With just a 20pc chance of rain and light sea breezes from the west, it could be another low-scoring day at the Clare track. Tomorrow will be more overcast with the occasional shower in the morning.

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