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Shane Lowry looking forward to playing in Irish Open at Mount Juliet

Shane Lowry of Ireland hits from the first tee during the final round of play in The Players Championship in March.
Cuthbert Wilson

SHANE Lowry is relishing the opportunity to bring his red-hot recent form to home soil when the 2021 Ryder Cup player tees it up in the Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet Estate, from June 30 to July 3.

The 2019 Open Champion has been enjoying a rich vein of form in 2022 coming close to a third PGA Tour title at the RBC Heritage and finishing tied for third at The Masters.

Lowry has always been a firm fan favourite amongst the Irish crowd, and they will have the opportunity to welcome him home for the first time since making his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits last September.

The 35-year-old famously won his national open as an amateur in 2009, kick-starting a career which has already yielded a Major, a World Golf Championships win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2015, a Rolex Series win at the 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and a Ryder Cup appearance in 2021.

He joins Séamus Power, a winner on the PGA Tour last year, as the latest player to announce their return to the Horizon Irish Open.

“I can’t wait to get home and tee it up at the Horizon Irish Open,” said Lowry.

“Everyone knows how much I love this tournament and how much I enjoy playing in front of my home fans, and they’re always so supportive of me so I’m excited to play in front of them again.

“I’ve been really happy with my form over the last few months and my game feels in great shape heading into the summer, so I really hope I can bring my best stuff to Mount Juliet Estate and put myself into contention come Sunday.

“There appears to be a huge amount of momentum around this tournament at the moment and it’s shaping up to be another incredible week at a superb venue.”

On Monday it was revealed that The Horizon Irish Open will return to The K Club as part of a long-term deal with the DP World Tour, which will see the event played at the former Ryder Cup venue in 2023, 2025 and 2027.

The K Club’s commitment to the development of Irish professional golf is further enhanced by the news that the resort’s second Arnold Palmer-designed course, Palmer South, will also play host to the Challenge Tour’s Irish Challenge in the intervening years, beginning this July and again in 2024 and 2026.

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