TULSA, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Former British Open winner Shane Lowry enters this week’s PGA Championship with increased ambitions than merely extending the longest lively streak of cuts made in majors and feels course conditions might play to his benefit.
Southern Hills, the place completely different winds are anticipated for every of the 4 rounds, has undergone a number of adjustments because it final held the PGA Championship in 2007.
One of the most important adjustments was the removing of thick tough across the greens, which implies errant strategy pictures will roll down the shaved run-off areas surrounding the placing surfaces.
For Lowry, who has a observe report for glorious strategy play and with a putter in his arms, these conditions are music to his ears.
“Yeah, look, it is clearly going to be windy. I can take care of the wind. I can chip,” Lowry mentioned on Wednesday. “That’s what these tournaments are all about. Yeah, I do not thoughts that round right here; let’s simply put it that means.
“It’s a very good alternative for me to go on the market and present individuals what I’m fabricated from once more this week, and hopefully I may be there or thereabouts come the weekend.”
Lowry arrived at Southern Hills having performed in and made the lower at every of the final 11 majors, which is the longest present streak of its form.
In his most up-to-date main, Lowry started the ultimate spherical seven pictures again of the Masters lead and, apart from an early triple-bogey, was almost flawless as he made seven birdies en path to ending in a career-best share of third at Augusta National.
The Irishman has completed within the top-15 in all six of his PGA Tour stroke play occasions, and feels his recreation is on the identical degree it was when he gained the 2019 British Open by six strokes.
“If I’m going again and have a look at my type going into The Open in 2019, I feel my type was fairly good,” mentioned Lowry. “I used to be enjoying fairly good, constant golf that summer season. Yeah, it is fairly related (now), so yeah, I would not say it is higher. It’s most likely the identical.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)