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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lowry looking to reduce schedule

Shane Lowry. Photo: Getty Images
Shane Lowry. Photo: Getty Images

Bernie McGuire in Hong Kong

Shane Lowry has revealed that he has battled to remain motivated in his first full season on the European Tour.

For this reason, Lowry intends spending the winter discussing with his manager Conor Ridge and caddy Dermot Byrne a 2011 schedule that will better suit him.

Lowry is among nine Irish contesting this week's UBS Hong Kong Open and with the 23-year old having turned down an invitation to the Dunlop Phoenix Open, where he finished third last year and which also starts today, he will be looking to cement his place in next week's Dubai World Championship.

The former Irish Open champion is 62nd in the Race to Dubai and needs a top-15 finish in the former British colonial outpost -- his 31st event this year -- to be assured of moving on to the UAE.

"I've definitely played about six tournaments too many this year, so much so, that I found myself not enjoying the game," said Lowry. "Next year it's going to be more about quality than quantity.

"It's just been great that I am quite friendly with Graeme (McDowell) because that's what he is very good at -- preparing for tournaments.

"I've spoken to him quite of bit of late and he's made suggestions. For a start, I'm going to write down notes about my results, what tournaments I've played well in and just assess everything.

"I've never done that before and that's what I will discuss with Conor and Dermot over the winter. What it all boils down to is just becoming more professional in my outlook.

"That's as opposed to when I first came out on Tour when I just wanted to play as much as I could. Now I want to be in contention more often.

"But it's been a big change for me as I have only ever been used to playing 12 to 14 tournaments a year and, the next thing you know, I am out on the European Tour playing 32 a year.

"For the last four to five months I just haven't enjoyed it and it's almost felt like a chore coming here, so that's why I need to get back to that feeling I had when I was just itching to get out and play.

"So, the break over the winter will be all about getting the hunger back for next year."


McDowell travelled to Hong Kong with Lowry and could readily sympathise with the Offaly golfer, given that he faced a similar scenario after winning in only his fourth event on Tour.

"My first months were identical, because, when I won the Scandinavian Masters, I was thrust straight into the limelight, but then I had a cold 12 months," said McDowell.

Joining Lowry and McDowell in Hong Kong in a bid to lift the €301,500 first prize are fellow Irishmen McIlroy, Damien McGrane, Gareth Maybin, Darren Clarke, Peter Lawrie, Michael Hoey and Paul McGinley.

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