'Very excited for Rome': Shane Lowry. Ben Brady/INPHO

'Incredibly proud' and 'grateful' Shane Lowry gets captain's pick for 2023 Ryder Cup

The Offaly man was one of six players chosen by Team Europe skipper Luke Donald.

LAST UPDATE | 4 Sep 2023

SHANE LOWRY HAS been named on Team Europe for the Ryder Cup later this month.

Luke Donald has chosen the Offaly man as one of his six captain’s picks as they bid to regain the trophy from the United States at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome.

I’m obviously incredibly proud, grateful, very excited for Rome,” Lowry said. “The last one hurt a little bit and I’m excited for a home Ryder Cup. Very grateful that Luke has given me the opportunity to go there and show what I can do again.” 

Lowry played on the European team at the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. The US team won 19–9 and Lowry went 1–2–0.

Lowry added: ”Look obviously we don’t get to do it that often, team golf.

“And I feel like I grew up in a family of team sports and it’s what I love. The experience I had at Whistling Straits even though we got beaten, was incredible and something that I’ll remember forever.

“So, like I said, I’m very excited for a home Ryder Cup, looking to create more memories. A lot of my goals this year were getting to Rome and trying to win that Ryder Cup back. Everything over these next few weeks is going to be put in to do that and come out on top.” 

Lowry has managed just one worldwide top-10 placing since tasting victory at the BMW PGA Championship last September, and that run of form meant he required a wildcard from Donald.

The year-long qualification campaign ended at the Omega European Masters at the weekend with Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert MacIntyre securing the final two automatic qualification spots.

Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm already had the top two places in the standings while Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton completed the top four.

Donald’s other captain’s picks so far are Ludvig Aberg, Tommy Fleetwood, Nicolai Hojgaard, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Sepp Straka.

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