Lowry eager for Masters spot

31 December 2017 20:02:15 GMTPlus11

Shane Lowry is determined to start 2018 strongly and ensure his participation at the Masters at Augusta and the preceding two WGC events.

Irishman Lowry struggled for large parts of the 2017 campaign and has slipped outside the top 50 of the world rankings.

My main goal is to get into Augusta in April.

Shane Lowry

However, he is confident that he can make progress to secure a place at Augusta in early April, while he also has his sights set on the WGC-Mexico Championship and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play - both of which take place in March.

He told Irish Golf Desk: "My main goal is to get into Augusta in April and how I do that, we'll have to wait and see.

"Hopefully it comes from a win in America, but from 61st in the world it just takes a couple of good weeks to jump inside the top 50 to get there.

"I have my card on two tours and look, winning a Major is the main goal for anyone with any ambitions at the top of world golf.

"But I have to make sure I am in them first and that's my first goal for the start of the year - to make sure I am in Augusta and make sure I am in those WGCs."

Lowry finished in a tie for second place at the 2016 US Open, but since then has failed to finish inside the top 40 in any of his six further Major appearances.

Lowry can be backed at 2.00 to win the Masters, with Rory McIlroy priced at 10.00 and defending champion Sergio Garcia 29.00.

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