'I've set everything out to do that' - Shane Lowry reveals 2020 target
Open champion Shane Lowry is targeting a place in Europe's Ryder Cup squad in 2020 after winning his first Major title.
The Offaly golfer claimed the Open championship in style at Royal Portrush last summer, moving away from Tommy Fleetwood to earn a deserved victory. Lowry has now set his sights on his first Ryder Cup appearance, with the presence of close-friend Padraig Harrington as captain adding extra motivation for the 32-year-old.
Speaking ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, which Lowry won last year, the popular sportsman looked back on his magical 2019 and discussed his goals for 2020.
"I couldn't really have envisaged what happened," Lowry said. "I had not won for a few years and I think to win the way I won last year, as well (was important). I led the whole week and then found myself four behind with seven to play and I showed a lot of character, a lot of determination and a lot of heart that day.
"I think that can only give you confidence going forward. Anybody who plays this game knows that a lot of it is built on confidence, a lot of form is built on confidence and that's what I gained from here last year.
"I have it in my head what I want to achieve this year and the main thing for me is to make that Ryder Cup team. I've kind of set my schedule out, I've set everything out to do that."
If Lowry is unable to secure a Ryder Cup debut in September it certainly will not be for the lack of trying, the 32-year-old posting a picture of his blistered hands on social media after a recent "bootcamp".
"I was trying to squeeze a lot of practice in, more practice than I normally do," added Lowry, who finished second in the Asian Tour's Hong Kong Open last week. "I managed a few blisters but they are somewhat cleared up now.
"I basically had my trainer with me and we were in the gym at 7.00am every morning and we went to the golf course, practised all day and went to the gym again. We probably left the gym at 7.00- 8.00pm and went for dinner and went to bed.
"It was like a little mini bootcamp but it was fine. It was good fun, actually, I really enjoyed it."