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Last Updated: 18/05/22 7:43pm

Shane Lowry became the fifth Irish player to win The Open when he lifted the Claret Jug in 2019

Shane Lowry became the fifth Irish player to win The Open when he lifted the Claret Jug in 2019

A “recharged” Shane Lowry believes he is in similar form to when he won The Open in 2019 as he targets a second major title at the PGA Championship this week.

Lowry has finished no worse than 35th in his nine starts this season and has made the journey to Southern Hills having finished third at The Masters and at the RBC Heritage in his last two individual events.

The 35-year-old was also 13th with partner Ian Poulter in the Zurich Classic before taking three weeks off ahead of the year’s second major in Tulsa, where the run-off areas around the greens and windy conditions could play into his hands.

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“I feel recharged and ready to go for the rest of the summer,” Lowry said. “I do feel good where my game is at and I’m excited for the week ahead.

“I can deal with the wind. I can chip. I don’t mind it around here, let’s just put it that way.

Shane Lowry offers some advice on chipping around the greens and tries to replicate his pitch-in eagle from the DP World Tour Championship

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Shane Lowry offers some advice on chipping around the greens and tries to replicate his pitch-in eagle from the DP World Tour Championship

Shane Lowry offers some advice on chipping around the greens and tries to replicate his pitch-in eagle from the DP World Tour Championship

“It’s a good opportunity for me to go out there and show people what I’m made of again this week, and hopefully I can be there or thereabouts come the weekend.”

Lowry recorded three top-10 finishes in his last five starts before his emotional triumph in The Open at Royal Portrush three years ago, where he defied miserable conditions in the final round to become the fifth Irish player to lift the Claret Jug after Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy.

“I think my form is pretty similar,” Lowry added.

Shane Lowry sent the Sawgrass crowd into a frenzy when he produced a sensational hole-in-one on the par-three 17th during The Players Championship

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Shane Lowry sent the Sawgrass crowd into a frenzy when he produced a sensational hole-in-one on the par-three 17th during The Players Championship

Shane Lowry sent the Sawgrass crowd into a frenzy when he produced a sensational hole-in-one on the par-three 17th during The Players Championship

“I’d won early in the year in Europe, finished third in Hilton Head and second in Canada, so I was playing quite good, consistent golf that summer.

“I wouldn’t say it’s better (now). It’s probably the same. Hopefully I can get some similar results in the next few months.

“Obviously I’d love to win more majors, but I don’t think that’s a given. I think that’s just kind of something that you need to go out and work towards, and if it comes your way, you need to take it.

Shane Lowry got back to level par on the 13th hole at Augusta with a chip in for eagle

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Shane Lowry got back to level par on the 13th hole at Augusta with a chip in for eagle

Shane Lowry got back to level par on the 13th hole at Augusta with a chip in for eagle

“You get four of them a year, it’s hard to peak your game for those weeks. It’s hard to peak your mental attitude for those weeks. You just need everything to be in the right place to win those tournaments because it’s so hard to win out here in regular events, let alone majors.

“If I was to finish with no more majors, would I be okay with that? Yeah. But I do want more.

“I am very driven and a very competitive guy. I know I want to win more majors, and I want to win more tournaments.”

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