Shane Lowry: I’m thrilled to be here but I’m annoyed with USGA draw of pairing three big guys together

What they did is making a mockery of us

Ireland’s Shane Lowry finds trouble on the 13th during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth where he finished runner-up.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry finds trouble on the 13th during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth where he finished runner-up.

Thu, Jun 12, 2014, 12:00

You see the bronze statues near the back of the18th green, beside the clubhouse. Of an old Donald Ross, standing and forever waiting. Of Payne Stewart, his fist frozen in midair and his leg raised. There’s something special about Pinehurst and I’m thrilled to be here, thrilled to be playing in the US Open and thrilled to have played my way into the championship the way I did. I know I am playing well. It’s a great feeling.

To be honest, I am also annoyed about something.

I don’t mind saying it, but I think it is a bit cheeky of the USGA in making the draw the way they did. I’m with Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Stadler for the first two rounds. Someone’s bright idea!! Put the three big guys together!! I think it is unfair on the three of us. It is definitely not drawn out of the hat, that’s for sure. And I just hope we don’t get stick from the galleries.

What they did is making a mockery of the three of us. I spoke to Graeme McDowell, and he thinks I should say something to the USGA about it.

I’ve always had a bit of extra weight. I have worked on my fitness, but people don’t always see that. I am my own fella and the important thing to me is that all my friends and family know exactly what I do and how hard I work for my career and how passionate I am about golf and doing as good as I can.

At the end of the day, you don’t have to be 75 kilos or 80 kilos and built like a tank to do well at this game.

This is a big week, the second Major of the season and the first for me and I am genuinely excited about playing in the US Open and especially at Pinehurst. I loved the place as soon as I got here on Sunday afternoon.

Sticky weather

We’d expected hot, sticky weather when we flew into Charlotte airport but it was raining. The first thing I did on touching down was to check the scores from the Irish Close in Seapoint where my younger brother Alan was playing in the qualifying. He made it though. Then I checked the GAA scores. Saw the Dubs had won, that Mayo had a close call.

We took a taxi down US Highway 1 for the two hours or so drive to our rented house in Pinehurst village. I was a bit tired from the flight over, didn’t get much sleep, so the plan to play nine holes was shelved. It was a good move. We were able to settle into the house, right in the village. Perfect.

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