Irish golfers come head to head in WGC Match Play
21 Feb 2013 - 09:48:59
Shane Lowry has nothing but respect for his fellow Irishman, recently acknowledging – as if we needed to be reminded – that Rory McIlroy is in a different class. Of course playing the world number one is always daunting, but Lowry is a player whose game is only improving.
Delays with the delivery of his clubs from Dublin for the match play event in Arizona did not make his preparations any easier or help to calm any pre-match jitters. However, Lowry knows his adversary well and can adapt his game to suit.
Although Lowry has recently been praised by fellow players, including Justin Rose, he faces an uphill battle agains McIlroy who has been working on his swing of late and feels that it is back on target. Having changed his clubs from Titleist to Nike recently, in a very lucrative contract for close to $250 million over the next 10 years, McIlroy has had to adapt his game to the new brand. A big challenge, even after a couple of weeks off with his girlfriend, and tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki. Lowry will put up a good show, but this is a tall order, even for a player on the ascent.