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Watch: Shane Lowry keen to repay 'great' local fans at Irish Open

By Gareth Hanna

Irishman Shane Lowry says he's hoping to give something back to supporters this week.

The Offaly man won the 2009 tournament as an amateur and he's determined to replicate that victory now that he's a professional golfer.

But earning victory at his own national tournament, he admits, is a different kettle of fish to every other event on the European Tour schedule.

"I spent nearly an hour signing autographs," he said. "It's different but I'm used to that now. The Irish fans only get to see us play once a year so we give them that time. They deserve it. They're great supporters.

"It takes a while getting used to playing in the Irish Open but I've done alright in the past and I'm confident that I've prepared alright."

Shane Lowry at the Irish Open

Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lowry missed the cut at last week's French Open but is hoping his improving play off the tee will be enough for a significantly better outcome this week.

He said: "At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the result. It's very results-orientated. It doesn't matter what your stats are like. For me it's just about giving it my best and see what happens.

"I drove it lovely today. It's a tricky course. It's hard to say what the winning score will be. I think it's going to be pretty low but I don't really know. I would take 12 or 14 under at this stage or something like that."

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