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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Lowry eyes confidence boost in tour card fight

Shane Lowry aims to turn his season around at the RBC Canadian Open. Photo: Getty Images
Shane Lowry aims to turn his season around at the RBC Canadian Open. Photo: Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Regaining lost confidence is key for Shane Lowry as he bids to turn his season around in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.

The Clara man has four events to climb into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings to keep his PGA Tour card.

And while Seamus Power is currently safe at 119th with Graeme McDowell a perilous 151st with just four weeks of the regular season remaining, Lowry's recent split with his caddie means he will have another unknown to factor in this week.

The Offaly man, in 172nd place in the FedEx race, has asked his brother Alan to tote his bag for the next few weeks and he will be looking for an improvement on his missed cut at the Ontario venue 12 months ago. For three-time Canadian Open winner Lee Trevino, Lowry will just have to wait for his game and his confidence to come back around.

"Every week is different," Trevino said this week. "Your swing leaves you a little bit, confidence is everything. The question is how's your confidence level? When a guy tells you I'm hitting on all cylinders, you better watch it.

"But if a guy tells you, I'm not doing this very good, and I'm not doing that very good, so subsequently he's wasting a little bit of precious practice time, trying to figure out something."

Bidding

Power had his lone top-10 of the 2017 season in Canada last year, when he tied for 10th behind Jhonattan Vegas, who is bidding for a hat-trick of Canadian Open wins this week.

Power has already had one top-10 and three top-20 finishes on the PGA Tour this year and knows one more good week could be enough to avoid a repeat of last year, when he fell outside the top 125 in the final regular event of the season.

As for McDowell, he tied for ninth at Royal Montreal in 2014 but having missed the cut three years running since the event moved to Glen Abbey in 2015, he needs to buck that trend if he's to move up the FedEx Cup standings.

On the European Tour, Gavin Moynihan and Ruaidhri McGee will be looking to build on some encouraging recent form on the Challenge Tour when they tee it up in the Porsche European Open in Hamburg.

Masters champion Patrick Reed, England's Paul Casey and the Bryson DeChambeau headline the field but the Irish duo will be feeling good about their chances.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer (60) is one of the favourites for the Senior Open at St Andrews after his brilliant share of 24th in The Open at Carnoustie. The German, who is joined in the field by Eamonn Darcy, Paul McGinley, Brendan McGovern, Des Smyth and Ronan Rafferty, wants to retain the title and secure his place in The Open at Royal Portrush next year.

"It's always fantastic to come back to the Old Course," said Langer. "It could always be the last time, when you reach our age, you never know when there's going to be another opportunity. It was awesome to be at Carnoustie, and then we play St Andrews back-to-back."

There are eight Irishmen in action in the Euram Bank Open in Austria where Shannon's Daniel Brennan makes his Challenge Tour debut alongside Paul McBride, Brian Casey, Cormac Sharvin, Michael Hoey, Jonathan Caldwell, Dermot McElroy and Gary Hurley.

  • Porsche European Open, Live, Sky Sports, 10.0am
  • RBC Canadian Open, Live, Sky Sports Golf, 8.0pm

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