Lowry keen to make mark on PGA Tour
Two weeks ago Shane Lowry was helping make headlines around the world by beating Rory McIlroy in the first round of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.
But while McIlroy remains in the spotlight at the next WGC event, the 8.5million US dollars Cadillac Championship in Miami this week, Lowry will be contesting his first regular PGA Tour event at the Puerto Rico Open.
"I want to play on the PGA Tour as much as I can," Lowry, who plans to stay in the United States until May, told a pre-tournament press conference.
"I spoke to my manager maybe six weeks ago and said I knew this was opposite the Cadillac, so I said to him, 'Any chance we can get an invite there?' and we were lucky enough that we did get an invite.
"I am very grateful for that and hopefully I can make the most of it this week."
Lowry is not a member of the PGA Tour but knows finishing in the top 10 in Puerto Rico will earn him a place in the Tampa Bay Championship next week, where Luke Donald is the defending champion.
"Obviously a top 10 would be great to get into next week," said Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 and claimed his second European Tour title at the Portugal Masters last year.
"I'd like to do really well. Do I think I can win? I know I can win if I play good golf. But I'm trying not to think about it like that. I'm trying to just take it one day at a time and see what happens come Sunday.
"I know I'm potentially one of the highest ranked players (65th) in the field this week, but I need to get that out of my mind and I need to just focus on one thing. The only thing that matters now is the first tee shot on Thursday."
England's Paul Casey is also in the field as he seeks a first tournament victory since 2011, having struggled to rediscover form and fitness last year after breaking his collarbone while snowboarding.