Cape Town - Shane Lowry would dearly love to break
into the 2020 Ryder Cup team after starting the year off with a bang at
the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Irishman produced a clutch finish on Saturday to secure his first
win since the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and grab the early lead
on the Race to Dubai.
His newfound success has left him dreaming of what might be in the
future, and Lowry admits he'd love to be a part of Padraig Harrington's
team to take on the Americans at Whistling Straits when the Ryder Cup
returns next year.
"It puts me to where my goal is for the next 18 months and that's to
be on the plane to Wisconsin with Paddy (Padraig Harrington)," Lowry
said. "That's kind of where I want to be, and I think this is a great
"I still have a goal in my head I'm working towards every day and
just because I won this doesn't mean I can take my foot off the gas.
"It's a great stepping stone, no doubt, because I'm back in the big
tournaments now for the foreseeable future and hopefully I can kick on
from here and move back up the world rankings where I feel like I really
Lowry looked to have spoiled his chances of victory in Abu Dhabi
after a number of early bogeys saw his three-shot lead turn into a
But with Richard Sterne coming unstuck on the back nine, the
opportunity was there for Lowry to mount a comeback, and mount one he
did as birdied three of his last seven holes to snatch victory.
"It's been a long time (to win) and I'm just over the moon," Lowry added. "I completely thought I was gone to be honest.
"I just tried to put him under as much pressure as I could. But I didn't think I had that in me today. I'm so happy."