Ryder Cup: Shane Lowry’s Wentworth win lays down early marker as Sergio Garcia hits new low

Past the jubilant Shane Lowry, the following happiest golfer after a unprecedented BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth have to be Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald.

Lowry, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm have been the highest three at Wentworth in an exciting first qualifying occasion for subsequent 12 months’s match in Rome. They’re undoubtedly among the many main names on Donald’s wish-list in his quest to regain the trophy.

Lowry confirmed his ardour for the match towards the US on his debut at Whistling Straits final 12 months and regardless of Europe’s 19-9 mauling, the 2019 Open winner described his time in Wisconsin as “the week of my life”.

The 35-year-old Irishman is hellbent on being in Donald’s crew in 12 months and has banked most factors on the first alternative on what is going to little question show a protracted qualifying course of.

McIlroy and Rahm are Europe’s superstars, round whom the line-up shall be original. Lowry additionally craves being a key part and the 8,000 DP World Tour factors he has earned really feel each bit as priceless as his £1.16m winner’s cheque.

“There isn’t any doubt I wish to be entrance and centre on that crew,” the Clara native advised BBC Sport. “I wish to be going to Rome and assist the crew out and win the Ryder Cup again and this can be a nice begin to the qualification course of.”

His bogey-free victory, in an occasion shortened to 54 holes after Friday’s play was cancelled as a mark of respect following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II, was due reward for what has been a superb season.

Certainly, Lowry – again as much as 19 on the planet – charges it higher than his marketing campaign three years in the past when he landed victory in Abu Dhabi earlier than surging to that unforgettable Open triumph at Royal Portrush.

“I really feel like this has been probably the greatest seasons of my profession,” Lowry said after posting his first win since his epic victory in Northern Eire. It was a fourth top-three end, together with a share of third at April’s Masters.

“I did win twice and one among them was the Open in 2019, however consistency smart I really feel like this has been the very best season of my profession. The golf I performed this season tops every little thing else and I really feel like that is the icing on the cake for the entire season.”

An outspoken critic of the breakaway LIV Tour, Lowry was eager to overtake the likes of Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood who surged up the leaderboard earlier than the Irishman teed off.

“Sure this can be a win for me and my household and my crew however I really feel like this can be a win for the European tour and European tour golf,” Lowry smiled.

“And it’s good that one us managed to win. There have been just a few lads making a cost earlier than I went out and I used to be positively motivated to exit and prime that.”

His feedback mirror an undoubted edge that prevails on tour for the time being. There may be persevering with resentment that LIV gamers are in a position to take spots from tour loyalists in occasions equivalent to final week’s event on the West Course.

This was additional intensified by Sergio Garcia’s shameful withdrawal after a first-round 76. The Spanish LIV recruit is Europe’s main factors scorer within the Ryder Cup and was as soon as the heartbeat of golf within the continent.

Not any extra.

This was the most recent indiscretion on a lengthening rap sheet that features destroying tee markers, jettisoning a shoe into the group, spitting in a gap and scuffing greens (sarcastically in Saudi Arabia) amongst a number of different moments of petulance.

Garcia started final week by telling us he was at Wentworth as a result of he needed to assist the European Tour. Lengthy earlier than the event was over he was again in Texas posing on social media supporting a university soccer crew.

Garcia gave no motive for departing the Surrey course. This after a blazing row in Munich earlier within the season when he advised fellow execs that the DP World Tour is destined to develop into solely the fifth greatest circuit in world golf.

His fame amongst his friends and European golf followers has hit at an all-time low.

However, it must be famous, the presence at Wentworth of 16 different golfers who’ve competed on the Saudi Arabia funded LIV Tour, surprisingly added to the spectacle.

Lowry was not alone in being motivated to disclaim a LIV victory however there was little discernible hostility, if any, from the galleries for enduringly standard figures equivalent to Westwood and Ian Poulter.

Reed carried out himself immaculately and his closing 63 reminded us that he stays a terrific participant. The 2018 Masters winner, together with fellow American Talor Gooch, picked up priceless world rating factors.

It is a forex unavailable on the cash-laden LIV setup. Gooch, who was fourth, is again as much as thirty fifth on the planet, Reed – who shared fifth place – stays fiftieth.

In regular occasions DP World Tour bosses can be thrilled to have each gamers at their tournaments. However the primary circuits are decided to close doorways on gamers they regard as rebels.

The LIV bandwagon now rolls into Chicago for the fifth of eight invitational tournaments in its debut 12 months whereas the European tour heads to the Italian Open on the Marco Simone membership close to Rome.

Now second on the planet, McIlroy leads a subject that additionally consists of US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton, all members of the final European Ryder Cup crew.

The event is price a comparatively paltry €3m (£2.6m), roughly an eighth of the monetary spoils on the appropriately named Wealthy Harvest Farms for this week’s LIV event. However for the European loyalists, to who the Ryder Cup nonetheless means a lot, it’s a massive alternative to familiarise themselves with the venue that levels the following match.

Europe’s try and wrestle again the dear trophy shall be a kind of more and more uncommon events in golf when cash will not be an element. It’s also one among nice worth to these collaborating and watching followers everywhere in the world.

No marvel Lowry is thrilled to have made the right begin on his quest to be a part of it.

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