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Fightback glory gives me belief for the Majors, admits Lowry

 

By Brian Keogh

Shane Lowry banked much more than a cheque for €1.04m (£880k) in the Arabian Desert on Saturday - he rediscovered his confidence and stashed some away for Major days to come.

The Offaly man (31) was congratulated by players, caddies and officials as he got back to work yesterday for this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

But even more satisfying than that feeling that comes with a job well done, he knows that his epic final-round fightback to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship could prove invaluable on golf's biggest stages.

Seconds after seeing off Richard Sterne, he said: "I completely thought I was gone, I didn't think I had that in me today."

But even 48 hours later, the enormity of his achievement was just dawning on him.

"If you look at where I got to during the round, I had to dig deep," he reflected. "I had to go right to the bottom of the well.

"The way I dug it out of the bag, I'd say it was probably the grittiest, most determined round of golf of my career.

"Richard made a couple of mistakes near the end and if he didn't, we wouldn't be here. But I felt I put the right pressure on at the right times.

"It's been a bit surreal the last 48 hours. I find myself pinching myself, thinking, 'Wow, I've finally won another tournament', and I am just so happy."

What gave Lowry even more satisfaction was the knowledge that he hadn't lost his stomach for battle.

"I will always be able to go back there when I am in the lead in a big event," he added. "I don't think I am the type of player that can just focus on the Majors. I have plenty of big tournaments between now and the Masters. I have a lot of confidence back."

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