BMW Masters

Ryder Cup? Rory's European crown? Lowry wants it all: "It’s time I stepped up to the plate”

An Offaly man might win the Race to Dubai, a Major or a Ryder Cup cap before the Faithful County claims another All Ireland title. At least, that’s possibly what’s going through the mind the county's favourite golfing son, Shane Lowry, as he begins to believe that he’s now one of the greatest players on the planet.

Ryder Cup? Rory's European crown? Lowry wants it all: "It’s time I stepped up to the plate”

Late double costly for frustrated McIlroy

Rory McIlroy shows his frustration after a missed putt at the eighth. Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy might be looking “ominous” from tee to green but the world No 6 was furious to close with a double bogey in the BMW Masters.

McIlroy learning wind game

John Daly (USA) chips from a bunker onto the 18th green at the end of Friday’s Round 2 of the 2013 BMW Masters presented by SRE Group held at Lake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai, China. 25th October 2013. Picture: Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy believes he’s getting away from being a fair weather golfer and close to becoming a wind player who can do battle with the best.

McDowell and McIlroy move on

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shake hands on the first tee Lake Malaren. Picture: Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieRyder Cup captain Paul McGinley won’t leave Shanghai with a boost to his Race to Dubai tally. Any prize money he wins in the BMW Masters will go straight into his bank account but won’t, as a sponsor’s invitee, count in the order of merit. He will, however, leave China knowing that whatever collateral damage Rory McIlroy’s acrimonious split from Horizon Sports Management caused to his relationship with Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell, it hasn’t made a hole below the waterline. No doubt, he’s pleased now that he made the decision to travel rather than take a much needed week off.

Rory earns $13m but could lose Race to Dubai

BMW Masters champion Peter Hanson has a chance to win the Race to Dubail. Pic: Getty ImagesAs Shane Lowry edged closer to $1 million this year, Rory McIlroy will take his season’s earnings beyond $13 million when he goes head to head with Tiger Woods at an exhibition match in China today.

McIlroy making it look easy

Rory McIlroy laments a missed putt on the seventh green at Lake Malaren GC. Photo by golffile.ieRory McIlroy can do little wrong these days as he bids to complete a money list double on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lowry has McIlroy and Top-50 in his sights

Shane Lowry has work to do to catch McIlroy and Hanson but the top 50 beckons with a top finish in Shanghai.Shane Lowry has the world’s top 50 and Rory McIlroy in his sights after firing an immaculate eight under 64 in the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Shanghai surprise for McGinley

Paul McGinley is heading for the BMW Masters in Shanghai less than a fortnight after a minor intervention on his back. Picture by Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.iePaul McGinley’s bid to make the season ending DP World Tour Championship has received unexpected boost in the form of an invitation to next week’s $7 million BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Lowry skips school to chase big time

Planet Lowry. Shane celebrates his second European Tour win. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieShane Lowry is not normally one for changing but his thrilling Portugal Masters victory has convinced him to shelve plans to tee it up in the PGA Tour Qualifying School next week and seek his place in the elite through the top 50 in the world rankings.