Open champion Shane Lowry says he intends to play in next month’s Irish Open at Galgorm Castle – but is monitoring the Covid-19 situation.
It would be his first return home from the United States since February.
“My plan is to play the Irish Open, but we’ll see what happens,” Lowry, who won the event at County Louth as an amateur in 2009, told Irish Golfer.
“There’s been quite a few cases in the last few days in Ireland. I don’t want to make any decisions six weeks out?”
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He added: “l will make them (decisions) over the next couple weeks.”
This year’s Irish Open was scheduled for Mount Juliet in the Republic of Ireland in May but fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Playing the rescheduled tournament in Northern Ireland from 24-27 September enables competitors to travel from the US Open – held the previous week – without having to quarantine.
Lowry has never played the County Antrim course, which will host the event for the first time and behind closed doors.
“I’ve heard it’s nice with a lovely hotel and good golf course. We’ll be in the European Tour bubble, that’s a bit tighter than this one over here (US),” said the Offaly man.
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