Beau Hossler  hits a shot as JB Holmes looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Course is probably the closest thing to a true links outside of Ireland and the UK

Shane Lowry using a sand wedge to putt on the 13th green during the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Irish Open was not ideal but biggest lesson I have learned is to be more patient on course

BMW PGA at Wentworth a big tournament and last year’s second place sets me up nicely

 A general view of the famous 17th green at the TPC Sawgrass Stium in Ponte Vedre Beach, Floriday. Photo:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Golfing gods have proved a little unkind to me in recent weeks

Shane Lowry during the Masters tournament in Augusta. “The only mistake is if you don’t learn from such bad experiences,” he says. photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

Missing the cut at Augusta left me gutted but I was probably more tense than normal

 Shane Lowry  hits an approach shot as his caddie looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

I can’t wait to get out and play in the tournament. I’m happy with my preparations.

Shane Lowry is in San Antonio this week for the Valero Texas, his last tournament before the US Masters. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Masters is on my mind – what happened at Bay Hill will ensure I’m not complacent

Shane Lowry of Ireland plays his second shot at the par three, 13th hole, during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 8th. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images.

Now looking forward to going back Stateside and next two tournaments, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Valero Texas Open

Shane Lowry: “I’ve only played two tournaments so far this season, played quite well and hopefully I can keep doing it next week in the WGC-Cadillac championship in Doral.” Photograph Scott Halleran/Getty Images

I’m not training to make any drastic changes but I do want to get stronger physically

Shane Lowry finished in seventh place in his first tournament of the season – the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South in La Jolla, California. Photo: Josh Hedges/Getty

There is a win not too far away. I just need to keep doing what I am doing

Shane Lowry acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

There were ups and downs but finishing on a high and coming home make it worthwhile

A relieved  Shane Lowry embraces his caddie Dermot Byrne on the 18th green after the finishing his final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates  in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Season ends on high with fifth-place finish at World Tour Championship in Dubai and likely invite in to US Masters

Shane Lowry in action during the WGC-HSBC Champions in China last week. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

‘I would love to win one of the next two weeks and I feel that I can’

Justin Rose, Ian Poulter,  Wu Ashun of China and Paul McGinley play from a bunker on the 18th hole prior to the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club   in Shanghai, China. Photo:  Matthew Lewis/Getty

With extra points and big money on offer it’s time to knuckle down to business

 Shane Lowry  on the seventh tee during  his  first-round match of the World Match Play Championship at The London Club yesterday. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Lowry delighted to be back playing matchplay, a format he loves

 Former Ireland rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll talks with Shane Lowry  on the first hole during the final practice round prior to the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  at St Andrews . Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

‘I love links golf and come here with an extra swagger after three top-10s in my last six starts’

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(...)

Caddies react to the tragic news of caddie Ian McGregor’s sudden death from a heart attack during the Madeira Open last weekend. Photograph: Octavio Passos/Reuters

Ian McGregor’s death will be in the back of all our minds this week in Spain

Shane Lowry  during round two of the recent Volvo China Open at Genzon Golf Club.

I’m back home for a couple of weeks and plan to return to action in the Spanish Open

Shane Lowry and his caddie take a break during the Hassan II Trophy in Agadir, Morocco.

I’ve become the butt end of jokes from some of my so-called friends in the locker room and caddies on tour

I’d always say that Lee Westwood – even though he isn’t playing too well at the moment – will always give you a run for your money.

I’ve arrived in Sotogrande, Spain eager to get going but after a really good week at home

Shane Lowry in action during the second round of the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Shane Lowry, the future Irish Open winner, took up golf aged nine when his GAA All-Ireland medal winning dad got him clubs

 Shane Lowry, beard and all, during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II Golf at Golf du Palais Royal last weekend. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Golf is such a hard game to focus on going forward, but I think I have a good team around me to maintain that focus

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