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Lowry’s up with big boys

Shane Lowry will look to prove he deserves a place in the world's top 100 at this week's Commercialbank Qatar Masters.

The 22-year-old Irishman, who only joined the pro ranks after winning the Irish Open as an amateur last May, produced a seasoned display to claim fourth at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship behind established trio Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy.

November's third place at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan in November still represents his best finish in his brief eight-month career, but last week's haul of points moved Lowry into the world's top 100 and certainly proved he has what it takes to challenge for further honours on a regular basis.

“I came out last week with no expectations, but got a bit of confidence early in the week and took it on from there,” Lowry said.

“I played really well.”

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