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Links love inspiring Lowry in Scotland
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Links love inspiring Lowry in Scotland

Open Champion Shane Lowry is confident he can claim a links double as he tees it up at this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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The Irishman showed his links prowess when he lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush Golf Club in July and he finished in the top 25 at this event for five consecutive seasons before missing the cut last term.

With a Rolex Series victory in Abu Dhabi to go with his Major Championship triumph this season, Lowry arrives in Scotland full of confidence and eager to claim a third win of the 2019 Race to Dubai.

“Obviously I’ve some recent success on links terrain so any time you come here - especially on days like today at St Andrews, the home of golf - it’s just special, so I’m going out for a game this afternoon and I’m looking forward to it," he said.

“All I know is I’m playing some decent golf and have some confidence going and I feel like I can go out and shoot good scores every time I go out and that’s all I’m trying to do this week.

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"There will be nothing about trying to recapture what I did at Portrush. Obviously I’ve got the game to do well around here so I’ve just got to go out and do it now."

Lowry will tackle St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie this week as the leader on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex and with three more Rolex Series events on his schedule before the end of the season, he is eyeing more points in his quest to be Europe's Number One.

“It feels like every tournament I play now is a big event," he said. "Obviously I had a decent week at Wentworth last week so I was happy enough with that and hopefully I can take that form into this week and have a good week here.

“It is relaxed here but we’re all very competitive people, I know I am, and I desperately want to go out there this week and do well.

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"I want to consolidate my place at the top of the Race to Dubai but I have a couple of months to do that and there are going to be some big tournaments. There are some great players behind me but if I can do my own business hopefully I’ll do okay."

With a Major Championship in his trophy cabinet, Lowry can now claim to be a celebrity himself but he will be among many stars of stage, screen, sports and music this week. The Pro-Am nature of this event gives it a unique feel and Lowry is looking forward to a fun week.

“It’s obviously been busier than normal," he said. "I used to be able to come to an event and slip in and do my own thing and be ready for Thursday but it’s all positive. There’s nothing I’ve had to do that’s negative at all, it’s all good stuff and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and feel like I’ve taken it all in my stride.

“I haven’t seen Justin Timberlake yet. He’s probably a better dancer than me, that’s about it. But to have people like him here is just great. This is one of the best events of the year and I love coming here every year."

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