Shane Lowry: "Rahm could be in Ryder Cup"

The Irishman Shane Lowry, unexpected and emotional champion of the British Open in the return of the Jug to Royal Portrush in 2019, was asked at the presentation of the Irish Open 2024

by Andrea Gussoni
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Shane Lowry: "Rahm could be in Ryder Cup"
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The Irishman Shane Lowry, unexpected and emotional champion of the British Open in the return of the Jug to Royal Portrush in 2019, was asked at the presentation of the Irish Open 2024 about the possibility that Jon Rahm, already enrolled in LIV Golf and suspended from militancy in the PGA Tour whether or not to play the Ryder Cup in Bethpage, in New York, in 2025.

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As soon as the Basque golfer's agreement with the Arabs was finalized, the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy asked through Sky Sports to change the rules of the European circuit so that this was possible.

Showing great good sense, Lowry, a member of the winning European team in Rome in 2023, assured that he wants Rahm on the team, but without changing any rules, since he already has the possibility of qualifying. "The reason players like Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood couldn't play in the Ryder Cup this year was because they gave up their membership on the DP World Tour.

There were certain players who could have made the team if they had played enough "Well, they just didn't do it. I'm sure 'Rahmbo' can play well enough to make the team, so if he doesn't give up his membership, he could be on the next Ryder." Great reflection.

The competition, named after the trophy donated by Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America. From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw.

Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979. Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.

The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on the two continents in odd-numbered years. For Europe, British golf courses have historically always been chosen, with the exception of the editions of: 1997, played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, 2018 played in Saint-Quentin-en -Yvelines (France) and, lastly, in 2023, which was held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).

Due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the scheduled edition of the Ryder Cup was played the following year, consequently moving the competition to even years, until the 2018 edition. The following tournament, scheduled for 2020, was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus moving the Ryder Cup to odd years again.

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