Shane Lowry: To be Europe’s top golfer would be amazing – but Rory’s a big danger

The Paddy Power Ambassador and Open Champion is taking it all in his stride as he tees it up on Thursday for the BMW PGA Championship.

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I’ve an exciting couple of months ahead of me starting this week at Wentworth.

I love Wentworth – it’s one of my favourite events of the year. It’s a lovely part of the UK, the golf course is brilliant and it’s just a great way to get back into competitive golf again after a few weeks off.

I’ve a good record at the course too and generally do well so I’m looking forward to it.

I played very well here in 2017 and had a great chance to win it but posted two double bogeys on the 15th and 17th before an eagle on the 18th saw me finish tied for sixth.

More of that would be great, but there’s still an awful lot to play for until the end of the season. Hopefully, I can kick on and put in a good finish to what has already been an unbelievable season, with two wins including the Open Championship and a few top 10 finishes on both side of the Atlantic..

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Race to Dubai

I’m leading the Race to Dubai rankings now, so that’s one thing that I’d really like to give myself a chance of winning. A good performance this week will help.

To be Europe’s top golfer at the end of the season would be amazing.

It’s going to be difficult because all the top European players like Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and others are back this side of the pond for the Autumn.

Rory in particular is playing great golf – he’s been very consistent all season and has just been crowned the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

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Before the final week of the FedEx Cup people were talking about him as having a ‘bad’ year. How things change. It’s funny.

I never thought he was having a bad year. He’s won three tournaments to date and has had 11 top 10 finishes.

Sometimes people think – and I’ve been in the firing line over the years – that if you don’t win majors, you’re not doing well.

Majors are hard to win and there’s only four of them a year.

You know when you get to Rory’s level, you can put yourself under so much pressure that they almost get harder to win. People seem to think that if Rory’s not winning majors, he’s not doing well, even though he contends in practically all of them.

Players go their whole lives and never get to win a major – yet he’s a US Masters win off a career slam. I don’t get it.

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Consistency

No matter which way you slice it – it’s been a great year for me. I’ve enjoyed my Open Championship win – but I’m ready to get back down to business now and compete.

The plan is to keep playing consistently and post a good score in every tournament and see what happens from there.

Rory will have his eye on the Race to Dubai title also. The way he can play, every course in the world suits him.

He’s a big danger to me winning it.

But I’ll just take care of my own stuff and see where it leads me at the end.

The competition should sharpen my focus because good, consistent, performances will help me in the Race to Dubai rankings, which in turn means I’ll have picked up Ryder Cup points along the way.

It’s all about going out and just trying to finish as well up in the leader-board as you can.

I’ve won twice this year already and if I can get another victory, starting this week, I’ll be very pleased.

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