McGinley on Lowry: "Moving to America has lifted a weight off his shoulders"

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has picked out Shane Lowry as a man to watch at this week's US Open.

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The defending Open champion Shane Lowry will finally get his chance to defend that title next month and he appears to be finding his form in good time, with his impressive performance at the PGA Championship last month suggesting he is ready to contend again.

Now McGinley has suggested his fellow Irishman's decision to make a big move in his life has contributed to his return to form, which has seen him record three top ten finishes in his last four tournaments.

"It's good to see Shane coming into form and see him make a whole lot of Ryder Cup points," said Sky Sports analyst McGinley.

"His decision to move his family to America is contributing to his improvement because I always say that what happens off the course with your family is massive to what happens on it.

"I think moving to America has lifted a weight off his shoulders. I think Covid has pushed him down that road, and he's thinking, yeah, I can live in America, and it's actually quite nice over here, and I've got a nice lifestyle, and Wendy is happy.

"I just think he's a guy was just getting better and better and more comfortable on the PGA Tour. I'm getting more comfortable in this game, and his game is starting to get tailored more about playing the test the US Open or the PGA Tour presents.

"He is also a guy that gets inspired, a little like Rory McIlroy. Having fans cheering him on can give him that extra edge he needs and we are seeing a more mature player now."

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