Lowry focused on PGA Tour future

10 December 2017 20:52:55 GMTPlus11

Shane Lowry is looking to ensure he retains his PGA Tour next year and has set his sights on playing more tournaments on the other side of the Atlantic.

The Irishman is currently playing in the QBE Shootout alongside Graeme McDowell, with the duo holding a share of the lead heading into the final round of three in Naples, Florida.

My exemption is up next year, so I've really got to go and keep my card.

Shane Lowry

And Lowry is eager to build on a strong showing in the coming months, with his PGA Tour exemption ending at the end of the 2018 campaign.

He told the reporters: "I have my card over here. My exemption is up next year, so I've really got to go and keep my card now and try and do as well as I can.

"The last two years I've been travelling back and forth and I've played 15 events both years, maybe 16 one year. Guys out here play 25, 30 events, and to try to compete against those guys in 15 events, I don't think it's doable.

"I'm hoping I can play 20 next year, maybe even one or two more. That's my plan for next year and I'm really looking forward to it."

Lowry and McDowell can be backed at 101.00 to win the QBE Shootout, with Steve Stricker and Sean O'Hair available at 1.001 and Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele 1501.00.

Thirty-year-old Lowry gained his PGA Tour exemption by finishing in a tie for second place at the US Open in 2016, which was won by Dustin Johnson.

The Irishman held a four-shot lead heading into the final round at Oakmont, but shot a closing 76 to allow Johnson to triumph by three shots.

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