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(...)

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