The funny thing is that most of the talk among players this week – at least so far – has been about Billy Horschel and how he isn’t in the American team. He wins the FedEx Cup. He goes second-first-first in the last three weeks. And he, like most of us, will be watching on television. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

After Wales Open I’ll be watching events from a couch in Portugal

France’s Victor Dubuisson plays a shot during yesterday’s pro-am before today’s start of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

So, it’s back to business for me this week after three weeks away from tournament golf

Shane Lowry plays his second to the 18th during the third round of the US PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

I needed to win or finish runner-up at Valhalla to make the Ryder Cup team but now I’m aiming for a good end to the season

Shane Lowry practicing at Valhalla Golf Club ahead of the start of the US PGA. The course has been playing easier than expeecte in practice. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

If I play at my best and get the breaks you never know what could happen

 Shane Lowry   tees off during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Photo:  Stuart Franklin/Getty

‘But I have momentum to take with me to the PGA at Valhalla following my best-ever finish at a Major’

Shane Lowry shelters from the rain during the BMW International Open in Germany last month. “Lads, I’d rather be playing in the sun with no wind.” Photograph: Getty Images

I love getting back to links golf. It’s different and it’s real.

Shane Lowry searches in vain for his lost ball on the 18th during the Irish Open at Fota Island. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

BMW International in Cologne will give me the chance to get over missing the cut in both the US Open and the Irish Open by a sing(...)

That birdie putt on the 18th green to secure second place in the PGA Championship at Wentworth. “I still don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. If ever there is a thin line between winning and losing, I have just discovered it.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The locker room is completely empty. Well, empty apart from two players. Me and Rory. What we say to each other stays with each ot(...)

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