Shane Lowry "incredibly proud" as he's named as Ireland's second Ryder Cup player
Just reward for one of the most likeable men in the sport.
Ireland's Shane Lowry has been named as one of Team Europe's six 'wild card' picks by captain Luke Donald ahead of this month's Ryder Cup in Italy.
The Offaly man had initially failed to make the grade as one of the six automatic picks, but has now become Ireland's second representative at the tournament alongside Rory McIlroy.
Speaking on his inclusion, a clearly delighted Lowry said he was "incredibly proud" and "grateful" to have gotten the call-up, and added;
"We don't get to do it too often, play team golf, and I feel like I grew up in a family of team sports and it is what I love."
Having endured a heavy defeat in his debut Ryder Cup back in 2021, the 36-year-old admitted to being raring to go ahead of a chance at redemption, saying;
"The last one hurt a little bit, and I am excited for a home (in Europe) Ryder Cup and looking to create more memories."
Joining Lowry as the other five 'wild card' picks will be Tommy Fleetwood, Sepp Straka, Justin Rose, Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Adberg.
"Thanks mate, no I'm not in a pub, I'm in a golf club" 😂
Shane Lowry is excited for a home Ryder Cup 🤝 pic.twitter.com/D41y9PZI4x
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) September 4, 2023
Disrespectful Sky Sports 'gag' with Shane Lowry:
Speaking to Sky Sports on his inclusion in Luke Donald's Ryder Cup squad, the Offaly native was subjected to what was at best, a wide-of-the-mark attempt at comedy.
The Sky Sports presenter when introducing Lowry, quipped that the Irishman was joining the show from a pub, a remark which Lowry seemed less than impressed with.
"Thanks mate. No, I am not in a pub, I am in a golf club," responded Lowry in an awkward exchange.
The interview continued on, but it was evident that Lowry had taken note of the wayward comment from the presenter.
It is not the first time the broadcaster has landed itself in hot water with its unkind stereotypes regarding Irish people, when in October of last year, a presenter suggested that the Irish women's team "needed educating" following their singing of an Irish rebel song.
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