Cape Town - It's
onwards and upwards for Shane Lowry after his marquee 2019 season, as he begins
his title defence at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Irishman won at Abu Dhabi Golf Club 12 months ago
and carried his form and confidence through to the summer, leading to a
memorable maiden Major championship victory at The Open.
"It was obviously my best year-to-date. I couldn't really have envisaged what happened. It was really nice to get off to an unbelievable start here, winning one of the biggest events on Tour," said Lowry.
a Ryder Cup and the Olympics to come in 2020, there could be more firsts for
Lowry and once again it all begins with the Rolex Series in Abu Dhabi, where he
is aiming to emulate Tommy Fleetwood - the last man to win the title in
"Obviously I have goals in my head. I have it in my head what I want
to achieve this year, and the main thing for me is make that Ryder Cup
team. I've set everything out to do that," said Lowry."The
Olympics is going to be exciting. I've never played, so hopefully I can
go there this year. We don't win too many Gold Medals in Ireland, so if
you're able to bring one back to Ireland, I think that would be very,
Fleetwood's victory at this event in 2017 proved to be the springboard that
led to him winning the Race to Dubai at the end of the season, and his 2018 win
in Abu Dhabi preceded his momentous Ryder Cup debut at Le Golf National.
Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia is vying for first wins on both the Rolex
Series and at this event, as he returns to Abu Dhabi for the first time since
The Spaniard has never finished outside of the top 20 in his six previous
appearances at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, and he knows the benefit of early season
success in the desert, going on to win the Masters Tournament after his victory
in Dubai in 2017.
star Viktor Hovland is another man with the Ryder Cup on his radar, as
the 22-year-old Norwegian joins the stellar field in Abu Dhabi with the aim of
converting his impressive amateur achievements into his first professional
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