Open Champion Shane Lowry is targeting a second Rolex Series title of 2019, as well as a strong start to the 2020 Ryder Cup qualification campaign, after confirming he will be part of the world-class field for the BMW PGA Championship from September 19-22.
The Irishman, who claimed the Claret Jug by six shots at Royal Portrush, will join a star-studded line up at Wentworth Club which includes fellow former Open winners Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari – the defending BMW PGA Champion – along with Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed and many others.
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Lowry succeeded Molinari as Champion Golfer of the Year with that memorable maiden Major victory at Northern Ireland’s first Open Championship in 68 years, and he will also attempt to put his name underneath the Italian’s on the prestigious BMW PGA Championship trophy.
The 32 year old has a strong record at Wentworth having recorded four top ten finishes over the West Course, including finishing runner up to McIlroy in 2014, the year the Northern Irishman claimed his own BMW PGA Championship and Open Championship double – a feat that was matched by Molinari last year.
Lowry’s own double attempt will take place in a different order, of course, after the BMW PGA Championship moved from its traditional May slot to September, with the tournament now marking the start of the qualification campaign for The 2020 Ryder Cup.
That will serve as extra motivation for Race to Dubai leader Lowry, who is determined to add a debut Ryder Cup appearance, under his close friend and fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington, to an increasingly impressive CV which now includes a Major Championship, a World Golf Championship and a Rolex Series victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship presented by EGA in January.
“The BMW PGA Championship is one of my favourite events,” said Lowry. “When I first played at Wentworth in 2010, I remember I couldn’t believe how big it was – it felt like playing a Major. I’ve had decent success there and I love the whole area.
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“It’s a great place, the fans are very knowledgeable, we get to stay in nice places nearby. It’s one of my favourite weeks of the year, so to be able to go back there as Open Champion – my first time playing back in Europe – that is going to be unbelievable.
“It’s a golf course which I’ve always loved, before and after the changes they made. If I go there with my game in decent shape, I know I can perform at Wentworth and I feel like it’s a tournament I can do well in, so hopefully I can put in another good performance there this year.
“Wentworth is obviously the start of Ryder Cup qualification too and it’s been no secret that is now my main goal for the next 14 months or so. The fact that Padraig (Harrington) is captain, it would be very special to play under him because I’m very good friends with him. Hopefully I can play well, pick up some Ryder Cup points and give it a good run next year.”
Tickets to see Open Champion Shane Lowry in the BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth from September 19-22 are on sale now. Fans can also buy tickets to see a top class line-up of entertainment on the Slingsby Show Stage in the BMW Championship village, with Rudimental headlining on Saturday night (September 21) and Anne Marie bringing the curtain down on Sunday September 22.