Shane Lowry turns focus to Augusta

After completing his commitments in San Antonio, Texas, Shane Lowry’s full attention now turns to his next tournament and a maiden Masters appearance. 

Shane Lowry turns focus to Augusta

Lowry left the Lone Star State pleased to have played all four rounds of the Valero Texas Open despite posting a pair of 74s and a pair of weekend 75s.

It handed the Carton House golfer a 10-over par tally and an eventual share of 59th place, some 19 shots behind Texan Jimmy Walker who was just a handful holes shy of capturing a second PGA Tour title this season.

“I played okay actually but just putted poorly, but while it was a tough four days in the wind, I didn’t gain as much confidence as I would like,” said Lowry.

“In saying that, it’s a tough golf course and you only have to look at the leaderboard as there’s less than 10 guys under par.”

“My putting was a little poor but on the flip side my chipping was quite good this week and that has to be strong for Augusta.

“So next stop is Augusta National and that sounds very exciting.”

After a few days rest, the Offaly man will be joined on Thursday by his long-time coach, Neil Manchip before the pair head north to Augusta, Georgia next Sunday.

Fellow Augusta invitee Graeme McDowell has been given the green light to tee up in the Masters, with doctors saying the tendon strain in his left ankle should heal in time.

Meanwhile USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has had to forgo a practice round tomorrow in Houston with rival European Team captain, Darren Clarke. Love faces surgery on an injured right toe.

Elsewhere Scotland’s Richie Ramsay recovered from seeing a three-shot lead disappear in the space of two holes to win the Hassan Trophy after a rollercoaster final round on Sunday.

It was also a fine tournament for Waterford’s Kevin Phelan who finished joint third, two shots behind the winner on 280.

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