Shane Lowry: My next target is winning the Ryder Cup – it drives me on every day

Shane has his sights set on a special trip to the States in 2021.


Shane Lowry has spoken about his overall ambitions for his golfing career and also laid out his aspirations to make Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup team.

The Paddy Power ambassador was a guest on the latest episode of our From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, fresh off the back of a 25th-place finish in The Masters at Augusta.

Lowry admits he is dreaming of becoming the first Irishman to wear the famous Green Jacket but is currently focusing on making Padraig Harrington’s team for the rescheduled 2020 Ryder Cup, now due to be held at Whistling Straits next September.

I want to sit back when I’m finished in 20 years time, when it’s all over, and not have any regrets

I don’t ever sit down and say ‘I want to win this, this and this’. I just want to do everything in my power to be as good as I can be.

There will be certain times when I’ll do good things and others when it’s not going well but I want to do as good as I can and be happy with that.

If I do that, there will be success and tournament wins along the way. But if you ask me about the next year, I want to play in and win the next Ryder Cup. That’s my next goal.


I want to be on Padraig Harrington’s team and not only that – I want to go to America and win. That’s what drives me every day.

I would love to win another major, I’d love to win The Masters, I would love to be the first Irishman to wear the Green Jacket – something like that would be unbelievable, but I’m not going to put all my eggs in one basket and say that’s what I’m going to do. I just want to be as good as I can be.

If I don’t make the Ryder Cup team, I will have to be playing very well closer to the time to earn a wildcard pick. That’s just the way it is.

I’m always going to be trying my best to make the team, but Padraig knows me well enough. He knows what I will bring to the team.

Shane Lowry Palm Beach Honda Classic February 25, 2016

I imagine I’ll be pretty good in the team room, I feel my game is good enough to compete at that level, I drive the ball well and my short game is pretty good. That lends myself to being a good foursomes partner.

But we’ve got another nine or 10 months of golf before that so I just have to play well – end of story. It’s up to me to get picked, it’s not up to him.

It’s up to me to play as well as I can but I do think if I do everything right in the next 10 months I’ll be alright.

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