Shane Lowry is over his US Open heartache

Sign here Graeme Mc Dowell autographs a ball for a young fan at Royal Troon

Sign here Graeme Mc Dowell autographs a ball for a young fan at Royal Troon

He said: "Irish golfers Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry pulled out of the Olympics because of the Zika virus, which is surprising because the Irish aren't really known for pulling out".

But Irish star Lowry says he will relish the chance to be in a final pair shoot-out again at the Open Championship on Sunday - because he's been in "so many s****y, low-key groups" over the years. "I love playing late on Saturdays and Sundays".

"For three-and-a-half rounds I was up there and leading in one of the biggest tournaments in the world. So it can give you a bit of confidence going forward into this week".

"Obviously I had a good win past year and I've been up there in a few majors here and there". That's the game we play. "I would have never been able to come back from 16 behind". "It's just up to me to kind of learn from the mistakes of that Sunday afternoon and bring that into the next one". I think it's kind of where you want to be. "Hopefully on the 18th green, lifting the trophy".

"I think Dustin passed me on the ninth or something like that".

"I've been up there in a few Majors here and there". I played the golf of my life for 54 holes and then let it slip away.

After winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational previous year and contending in two consecutive U.S. Opens, Lowry is starting to feel at home on the highest stage. "I just need to stay patient because I genuinely believe that, without sounding too cocky, I'm a big-time player". I'm well and truly over the US Open.

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.

"It's where you want to be in the world of golf", Lowry said, "playing with the best players in the world and trying to compete against those".

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