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Lowry plays down major hype

Shane Lowry has played down the hype surrounding him winning a major and has urged his Dad to stop putting pressure on him.

The Irishman has recorded his best results in the majors over the past 12 months with a share of ninth place at last year’s Open Championship, while he repeated that feat at this year’s US Open.

The 28-year-old has made a steady improvement over the years and there has been talk that he could now be a genuine contender to win next week’s Open at St Andrews due to his experience of links courses.

But, as he prepares to play in this week’s Scottish Open, the burly Clara resident feels that everyone, his father included, should try to put things a bit more into perspective.

“I think people are getting very carried away, talking about me winning majors,” he said. “I’ve only won two events as a pro.

“I just saw an interview that my Dad did in the paper the other day and I didn’t even know he did it, talking about me winning majors.

“I wasn’t too pleased about that to be honest. I think this talk about me winning majors has to stop.

“I’ve finished ninth twice in two majors, but I’ve only played in 10 majors and St Andrews will be my 11th.”

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