Shane Lowry changes caddie for great reason for Irish Open
Shane Lowry has been a reformed character on the golf course this year, putting together a string of strong performances to improve his world ranking.
The Clara man is now 31st in the world after another Top 30 finish at the US Open at the weekend. He spent much of 2018 languishing at the lower echelons of the world's Top 100.
With the appointment of his new caddies, Brian 'Bo' Martin, he has been revitalised and has finished inside the Top 10 at a major, the USPGA tournament, and picked up a season victory at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi.
However, he will have a new face on the bag when he returns to the Irish Open ten years after winning it as an amateur in 2009.
The reason is a positive one as Lowry is giving his caddie the week off because Bo's wife is due a baby.
That means the 2010 Irish Close champion and good friend of Lowry's, Dara Lernihan, will take over his bag duties at Lahinch in July.
Lowry says he still holds high expectations and feels mentally good ahead of the 2019 Irish Open.