Confident Lowry over U.S. Open meltdown

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Shane Lowry admitted he shed "a tear or two" following his U.S. Open heartbreak, but the Irishman has no doubt he will get another chance to win a first major ahead of The Open this week.

The world number 27 held a four-shot lead after three rounds at Oakmont Country Club last month, but suffered a meltdown to miss out the biggest victory of his career.

Lowry could only card a six-over-par closing round of 76, including seven bogeys, and finished three shots behind winner Dustin Johnson.

The affable Lowry understandably took time to digest such a missed opportunity, but is ready for another assault on a major at Royal Troon.

Reflecting on the aftermath of the U.S. Open, Lowry said on the eve of The Open: "The first few days the Monday, Tuesday afterwards was not easy. You know, I was obviously quite disappointed, and I'm not going to lie, there was a few moments where there might have been a tear shed or two.

"That's just the way it is. That's the game we play.

"I know I'll be back there. I know I'll give myself a chance again. It's just up to me to kind of learn from the mistakes of that Sunday afternoon and bring that into the next one."

He added: "I suppose I was beating myself up for a few days after it. But if you look at it, after the U.S. Open, I was a lot further along in my career than I was the week before, so a lot of positives to take from it. Like I said, I led the tournament.

"I think Dustin passed me on the ninth or something like that. So I led the tournament for quite a long time. It really looked like I was probably going to win or come very close, anyway. I let it slip the last few holes."

Lowry stressed that he has moved on as he attempts to earn a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

"I'm well and truly over it. My God, it's like I said, I'm much further along in my career." the 29-year-old said.

"Before the U.S. Open I was nowhere near the Ryder Cup team. Now I've put myself in the reckoning for it. I'm well up. I'm into the FedExCup definitely now. I'm well up - I'm moving back up the world rankings. So it's all positives."