Shane Lowry (12/1 Tournament Winner) is hoping to bounce back from Europe’s defeat to the USA at the Ryder Cup by winning this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The Irishman is one of three players from Padraig Harrington’s European team that will be teeing up in Scotland, with Tommy Fleetwood (14/1 Tournament Winner) and Tyrrell Hatton (14/1), the latter a two-time winner at the event, also taking the plunge.
Lowry has enjoyed his previous appearances at the tournament, which is played over three layouts in Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course at St Andrews, with the 34-year-old having gained two top-10 finishes at the event in the past.
The world number 42 could only contribute one point from his three matches at the Ryder Cup, with Europe losing the biennial competition 19-9 at Whistling Straits, but he still enjoyed the experience and is hopeful of delivering a positive performance this week.
“This is one of the weeks of the year that I really enjoy, getting to play the Old Course a couple of times and it’s just so nice to be in St Andrews. I’m just happy to be here,” Lowry told reporters.
“I can’t believe I’m going to play Carnoustie at nine o’clock tomorrow morning to be perfectly honest. It’s going to be hard to go out and play well but I’m going to try my best.
“These are the weeks that maybe you do go out and play your best and have a chance to win the tournament at the end of it.”
Only two players have won the Dunhill off the back of appearing at the Ryder Cup, and when Harrington (2002) and Martin Kaymer (2010) achieved the feat, they did so after representing Europe in victorious campaigns on home soil at the Belfry and Celtic Manor, respectively.
Away from the Ryder Cup trio, and American Billy Horschel (12/1 Tournament Winner) will be hoping for another strong showing following his victory at the BMW PGA Championship earlier this month.