Woods, Furyk and Stricker named Ryder Cup vice-captains

Sport360 staff 04:27 19/11/2015
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Staying involved: Tiger Woods.

Davis Love III has named Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker as three of Team USA’s vice-captains for next year’s Ryder Cup in Minnesota.

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The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday and they will join Tom Lehman – an earlier appointment – in assisting Love, with a fifth vice-captain to be named at a later date.

In a statement released by the PGA of America, Love said: “Tom, Jim, Steve and Tiger have over 50 years of combined Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup experiences that they are eager to share.

“They will also be my eyes and ears from event to event next year on Tour. That’s invaluable.”

Woods had already asked to be considered for one of the roles should he fail to qualify for the team, and said: “Once I’m fully healthy, I’d like to try to make the team too, but either way, I’m very excited to work with Davis, the other vice-captains and the players to get a US victory.”

Should Woods qualify, either automatically or via a captain’s pick, Love has the option to name a replacement.

A delighted Furyk said: “The Ryder Cup is in my DNA and I love everything about this event, the enormity of the stage, the passion, the competition, and the pressure.”

The tournament takes place next year at Hazeltine National Golf Club between September 27 and October 2.

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Shane Lowry’s out to putt things right at the DP World Tour Championship

Joy Chakravarty 00:01 19/11/2015
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Lowry is ranked fourth going into this week's Race to Dubai event.

Shane Lowry is really happy to be back in Dubai. If not for anything else, the warm weather seems to be heating up his dead-cold putter just in time to make a final assault on his good friend Rory McIlroy.

The genial Irishman was a surprise winner of this year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where his name was etched right underneath McIlroy’s, the winner in 2014.

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And the 28-year-old won’t mind a similar position on the Race to Dubai trophy, which was won by McIlroy last year. 

Lowry is fourth in the rankings going into this week’s DP World Tour Championship, and a win on Sunday, coupled with the results of McIlroy and Danny Willett, could make that happen.

Lowry is 702,479 points behind the world No3, and should have closed the gap in Shanghai, but struggled on the greens despite hitting the ball well.

“I feel like I struggled in China,” said Lowry, who finished 68th in the WGC-HSBC Champions and then 56th in the BMW Masters.

“I played okay but struggled on the greens. But I played the pro-am here on Tuesday and I really felt like I was playing well. 

“I’m quietly confident I’m playing well enough that if my putter warms up I can definitely give this a run at the weekend. Fingers crossed that happens.

“Putting has been the problem. It’s probably the reason I feel like I didn’t win at the British Masters as well (where he finished second).

“The last six weeks haven’t been great but I like it here. I think the greens are beautiful here and I made quite a few birdies in the pro-am.

“I’m happy the way things are going. I’ve got my coach, Neil (Manchip), here this week with me which is a big help, and he always keeps me in a good frame of mind. I’m looking forward to it.”

Lowry finished fifth at the DP World Tour Championship last year, and eighth in 2011 for two top-10 finishes in three starts and was positively delighted to make the journey from China.

“The atmosphere in China is not great. It’s tough sometimes playing in that atmosphere,” said Lowry, who also revealed his pride at the Republic of Ireland qualifying for Euro 2016 on Tuesday.

“But it’s fine; I’m sure Kristoffer Broberg (winner of BMW Masters last week) is pretty happy with the atmosphere in China. If you play well, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world or what it’s like.

“But it’s nice to be back in Dubai. It’s a lovely place. It’s a great golf course, great weather, great hotels, great food. It’s a great place to be.”

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Shane Lowry spurred on by Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualification

Sport360 staff 18:16 18/11/2015
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Shane Lowry has been spurred on by the Republic of Ireland's success.

Shane Lowry has admitted he is spurred on even more to win the Race of Dubai this week by the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification success.

The proud Irishman, 28, watched on television as Martin O’Neill’s men qualified for an international football tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, and he is inspired by their success.

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“I met up with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane a couple months ago just before they played Gibraltar and I had a great chat with them for a couple hours one evening,” Lowry, who is ranked fourth in the Race to Dubai, told the media ahead of the DP World Championship.

“It’s when you know people, as well, and you see them doing well, it makes it a whole lot better and a whole lot sweeter. It’s great, everyone knows how Irish I am and how much I love my country.”

And now Lowry is hoping a bit more Irish luck can rub off for him on the greens in the UAE once again.

“To keep the celebrations going this Sunday would be nice, and you know, that’s my goal this week is to go out there and win the tournament and hopefully do enough to win The Race to Dubai.”

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