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Lowry finds perfect launch pad for return to form

Shane Lowry tees it up in China today confident that big developments in his personal life will be followed this weekend by a fresh start in his career on the golf course.

Lowry (24) recently moved into a new two-bedroom apartment in Stillorgan, Co Dublin.

Not far from the M50, his new Dublin base will put the 2009 Irish Open champion within relatively easy reach of the airport; his coach Neil Manchip at the GUI Academy in Carton House and, of course, his native Clara in Co Offaly.

In the fortnight since his most recent European Tour outing, Lowry has combined the arduous business of furnishing and fitting out his new 'bachelor pad' with several extensive sessions with Manchip.

Though he's missed three successive cuts since returning from a wrist fracture early last month, Lowry is decidedly upbeat about his prospects of earning his first cheque since November at this weekend's Volvo China Open on a golf course he likes.

"I'm playing quite well and loving the golf course," he chirped, after completing his final practice round yesterday.

"I'm still a little jet-lagged, but a good night's sleep tonight should put that right."

Lowry failed to break par in his first five rounds since his comeback but bounced back from a numbing first-round 81 in Agadir with a morale-boosting 70.

Consensus in the Lowry camp is that the ring-rust that built up during his four-month 'break' -- the longest time he's been away from golf since taking it up as a kid -- has been chipped away.

So Lowry's spirits are high as he embarks on a run of four successive tournaments in China, the Ballantines in Korea, the Open de Espana in Barcelona and Iberdrola Open in Mallorca.

Irish Independent