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

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