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Published: 15:05 | 13/7/16

Lowry to draw on US Open disappointment


Shane Lowry is ready to put his US Open disappointment behind him and challenge for the Claret Jug at Royal Troon.

Lowry was four shots clear of the field going into the final round at Oakmont but a closing 76 saw him drop back into a tie for second, three behind winner Dustin Johnson.

The world number 27 looked admitted he struggled in the days after the US Open but he is taking heart from the fact that he was challenging for a first major win and is hoping to build on that at this week's Open Championship.

"The first few days - the Monday, Tuesday afterwards - was not easy. I was obviously quite disappointed and I'm not going to lie, there were a few moments where there might have been a tear shed or two. I suppose I was beating myself up for a few days after it," Lowry said.

"That's just the way it is. That's the game we play. I know I'll be back there, I know I'll give myself a chance again. It's just up to me to kind of learn from the mistakes of that Sunday afternoon and bring that into the next one.

"For three-and-a-half rounds I was up there and leading in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.

"So it can give you a bit of confidence going forward into this week."

Lowry is taking a number of positives from his US Open performance and believes he can challenge for the Claret Jug if he can get to grips with the Royal Troon greens.

"If you look at it, after the US Open, I was a lot further along in my career than I was the week before, so there are a lot of positives to take from it. I'm well and truly over it," he told reporters on the eve of the Open.

"If I hole a few putts this week, I do think I can stand there on Sunday - hopefully on the 18th green lifting the trophy."

Lowry will play alongside Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose for the first two rounds and he is relishing the opportunity to tee off at 9.03am on Thursday.

"I have a really good group tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to that. I can't wait. That's where I want to be, playing with the best players in the world," the Offaly native explained.

"I've been in plenty of s***** groups over the years... with all due respect to the golfers! I don't mean the players I was playing with, I meant the times more so!"

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