Confident Lowry over U.S. Open meltdown


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."