Golf is fun. Shane Lowry of Ireland that says a lot.
He said it during an interview last year, but he didn't laugh. Instead, it sounded quieter. He was frustrated with his golf game, worn off the street and missing his family. "If things don't go your way, it can be a lonely lifestyle," said Lowry, 32who plays in the Italian Open at the Olgiata Golf Club in Rome From thursday to sunday.
It wasn't a good time for Lowry. He had to cry in the parking lot in his car after missing the cut at the 2018 British Open Carnoustie Golf Links In scotland. "Golf wasn't my friend," he said at the time.
Today the red wine jug, which he won at this year's Open, is on the counter in his kitchen, where he just finished having dinner for his daughter. Iris. Golf is fun indeed.
"She's not impressed," said Lowry in an interview. "She is too young to know."
How exactly did he win from such lows? six Shots on Royal Portrush in July? He cannot credit a particular change. When pressed, his recent success is related to a change in his mentality and maturity.
"I changed my mind on the golf course," he said. “When we talked about the Irish Open last year, I had problems. You just have to fight it through. "
Then Lowry said it again. “Golf is fun. You just never know what's around the corner. If you believe that what you are doing is right for you, you will eventually succeed.
"I've never really been a consistent performer in my entire career – I've had my ups and downs like everyone else." I have matured it. "
Lowry also changed his caddy, which he said had helped his Course management. He credits his new caddy Bo Martin keeping him grounded under pressure. Martin and Neil ManchipLowry's trainer helped him do not become too negative if there are no results.
"Bo is just trying to keep me busy and keeps me from standing in front of myself," said Lowry. "When I'm nervous and nervous like I'm at the Open, I tell Bo. And his job is to prepare for the next shot. He obviously does a great job week after week."
Lowry said Manchip also helped relieve the pressure. especially before the British Open when they talked about what it would mean to win. Win or lose, at the end of the day Lowry knew that he would still be the same. The goal was to go out every day and be the best golfer he could be.
"Obviously it happened and I don't think it changed me a lot as a person," said Lowry. “My family life is the same as before. When you come home in the evening, you have a good or bad score. But you still have to get up tomorrow and do it all over again. That helped me a lot this year. There were times this year when I got a bad result and can get over it. I used to get bad grades out of me. That was a reason for some of my bad shape.
“I was too focused and it meant too much to me. You have to be very patient in this game and let the results come to you instead of forcing them. I did that this year. "
Having a family that also takes Lowry's maturity and mentality into account. He married in 2016and his daughter arrived the next year. Lowry said that changed everything,
"Life is more than golf," he said. “Maybe a few years ago I only had golf. But now I have a wife and a baby and they mean everything to me. The family comes first at the end of the day. "
He was given advice on how to deal with the pressure to perform after winning a major. Rory McIlroy suggested that he enjoy the moment and take stock. Padraig Harrington warned him not to fall victim to the pressure of winning a major.
"I really feel like I'm just the same person and the same golfer," said Lowry. "I don't feel like I have to prove myself. I feel like I can only be myself. But you always need advice from your peers. Both asked me how I was doing. Rory asked if I noticed how much I am going and whether I use my time differently than before. It looks different. I used to just go to tournaments. Now I have more obligations. "
When Lowry ends the year, he has a clear goal: join the Ryder Cup team. He is second by doing Race to Dubai. the point system that partially determines Europe's No. 1 Player. Its wins in Abu Dhabi and bring him closer to the British Open.
"I'm 32, I feel like I need to do one soon," said Lowry. "I hope it's my time. I feel that this is the next step for me. But at the end of the day, I do what I love to make a living and look after my family. I can give them a good life. There's not much to complain about. "
Lowry said he was still the same man, the same golfer. Nothing has really changed. But he has learned one thing that will serve him well.
"When it comes to the big tournaments, I know I have what it takes to get it across the line."
That and golf is fun.