Different animal Lowry not happy to take Oakmont on the chin: "Feck that"

Different animal Lowry not happy to take Oakmont on the chin: "Feck that"
 Shane Lowry reacts to a missed birdie putt on the first hole during the third round of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Saturday, June 18, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)

Shane Lowry reacts to a missed birdie putt on the first hole during the third round of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Saturday, June 18, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)

Shane Lowry has two words for those who say you have to lose a major before you win one: “Feck that.”

The Offaly ace is still furious he let the US Open slip away and he’s determined to grab his next chance with both hands.

Hoping it comes in the Open this week, he said” “People say you have to lose one to win one,  but feck that. I don’t see it that way anyway. 

“I suppose if I get into that situation again, which I hope I do, I will be a little bit better. But if you have a chance, it’s there to be won.”

Graeme McDowell played a practice round with Lowry yesterday and reckons the Clara man is like a more confident player despite his US Open reverse.

G-Mac said: “He seemed like a different animal when I saw him in Scotland last week, he had a spring in his step and a huge amount of belief.

“I've always had belief in his game, I knew he was a good player. I knew he had the driver and the short game and the intestinal fortitude to be a world, world class player.

“And he’s starting to show it now on the big stages. 

"That win at Firestone last year, backed up by leading the US Open by what, three or four shots, in the last round.

“So I think he's got a lot of belief and just as long as he manages the expectation levels and stays patient, he can certainly get it around a golf course like this.”

“We were playing Skins coming in there and I had three opportunities to lighten his wallet but I missed them all.

"It was a moral victory for me, but not a financial one!”

Lowry is becoming used to the big stage since he took up his PGA Tour card this year and he plans to be aggressive at Troon, just as he was in the US Open at Oakmont.

He said: “I’ve played a lot of big tournaments this year. Tough tournaments.  It just feels like another week for me.

“It reminds me a lot of Hoylake where you have to take on the golf course a little bit. 

“If you lay back you not winning the golf tournament. You might make the odd bogey by taking on the course, but  you will make more birdies too.”