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Shane Lowry set for professional debut

Shock Irish Open winner Shane Lowry and world amateur number one Scott Arnold make their professional debuts in this week’s European Open.

Irishman Lowry, who decided to join the paid ranks last Thursday, is desperate to get back on the golf course after being the subject of intense media interest since his victory in Baltray two weeks ago.

“It has been madness,” the 22-year-old told reporters at the London Club in Kent on Wednesday. “I am just starting to calm down now.

“I cannot wait to get out on the course … it’s a lot more peaceful out there. Although all of the attention can’t be a bad thing and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.”

Lowry felt he had no alternative but to turn pro after becoming the third amateur to win a European Tour event.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” he said. “I didn’t fancy teeing it up in amateur tournaments again so it was the right thing to do.

“I’ve known I wanted to turn pro since I was about 15. Professional golf was all I wanted to do and it was the right time to do it.”

As the temperature rose during the final round in Baltray, Lowry got excited and was heard to mutter a few colourful words.

“I can’t tell you what I said but it was in the heat of things,” he said. “I was trying so hard to win.

“I’m sure I’ll have to calm down a little bit though. Me and my manager had a chat about it and it’s fine now,” added Lowry who received a host of congratulatory messages after his victory including one from Irish President Mary McAleese.

Australian Arnold tees off 10 minutes after Lowry in Thursday’s opening round and says he wants to make Europe his base.

“It’s always been my aim to play golf professionally in Europe,” said the 23-year-old.

“It’s definitely where I think my game will improve the most. There are so many challenges for rookie pros and plenty of Aussies have done well.”

Arnold has joined the International Sports Management (ISM) stable that also includes Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.

“Scott’s amateur record is very impressive and he came highly recommended by one of our former clients,” said ISM managing director Andrew Chandler.

“We will be seeking invites for Scott throughout the rest of the European season.”


May 28, 2009

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