Shane Lowry made waves at the WGC-Accenture and hopes for an extended stay. (Carroll/Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Shane Lowry burst onto the scene two weeks ago when he upset world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Carl Pettersson to advance to the third round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
This week, Lowry tees it up in his first PGA TOUR event that isn’t a major or World Golf Championship – the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com. He hopes that there are many more TOUR starts to come.
“I want to play on the PGA TOUR as much as I can,” said Lowry, who plans to stay in the U.S. until May. “I spoke to Connor, my manager, maybe six weeks ago and said, I knew this was opposite the Cadillac, so I said to him, ‘Any chance we can get an invite there?’ and we were lucky enough that we did get an invite. Very grateful for that and hopefully I can make the most of it this week.”
He knows that a top-10 finish this week gets him into next week’s Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank. As one of nine top-100 ranked players in this week’s field, he will have his chances to do just that.
“Yeah, obviously a top 10 would be great to get into next week,” Lowry said. “I really want to play here as much as I can, so if I can top 10, as I said, just focus on one thing and that's the first round on Thursday, try and shoot a good couple of scores, get me in contention, come Saturday afternoon and Sunday, you never know.”
Lowry, with a little more success, could be a candidate to join the PGA TOUR for the 2013-14 season. He’s earned 68 Non-Member FedExCup points thus far, and if his non-member points exceed those of No. 200 on the final FedExCup standings, he’ll earn a spot in this year’s Web.com Tour finals. The average amount of points needed to reach that number since 2009 is 88. He could exceed that mark with a top-30 finish this week.