Offaly golfer Shane Lowry is looking forward to his showdown with his good friend and World Number 1 Rory McIlroy today in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Speaking ahead of the all Irish clash, Lowry told reporters that he is very much looking forward to the match.
“I’m really buzzing, really looking forward to it. I’m actually quite calm. Going out, playing against the best golfer in the world, you can’t help but get yourself up for it.”
The pair have been good friends for a number of years and in their times as amateurs they would have played together on the Irish team. Lowry outlined how McIlroy advised him to turn pro after his win in the Irish Open
“He was the first one to tell me to turn pro. “We go way back maybe eight or 10 years. I’ve known Rory since he was a little kid, although he’s not much older now. He was there when I turned pro, when I won the Irish Open. He’s given me some great advice over the last few years. He’s always there if I ever need anything. Everyone was trying to get me to stay amateur. I think that was some good advice. He’s just been there if I ever needed him.”
When asked about the similarities between them, Lowry had a typically entertaining answer.
“I used to have curly hair! I don’t think there’s many, to be honest. I actually don’t know if there’s any. He plays golf.”
When asked about the upcoming match, the Clara native gave an honest assessment of his chances.
“I don’t think I have any advantages. I just have to go out and play my best golf. I’ll be gunning to try and beat him. If I beat Rory, it would be one of the great stories of my career so far. I’ve got nothing to lose.”
There is also another all Irish clash in the first round as Padraig harrington takes on Graham McDowell. Coverage of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship begins on Sky Sports 1 at 5pm.