Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry's Impressions After Victory at Zurich Classic

McIlroy has faced various technical challenges throughout 2024, but he sees this victory as potentially liberating for the rest of the season

by Sead Dedovic
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry's Impressions After Victory at Zurich Classic
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Rory McIlroy's victory at the Zurich Classic predicted better days ahead in his career. The Northern Irishman, together with his friend Shane Lowry, achieved an important win. From the first day of the tournament, this duo showed their intentions to compete for victory. Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry finished four-under, with a total of -25 in the end.

McIlroy expressed his delight, describing the victory as absolutely amazing. He emphasized the joy of receiving support and having a great time throughout the tournament. McIlroy also highlighted the importance of having Shane Lowry as his partner in securing the PGA Tour win. Looking forward, he mentioned their intention to return and defend their title next year.

Shane Lowry is also happy after this important victory, which will secure an easier future for him. He had dreamed of winning this competition, especially considering the importance of FedEx Cup points in his career. Lowry reflected on some future tournaments, emphasizing that he wasn't sure what the outcome would be. Now, things are considerably easier for him.

“I wasn’t going to be in Quail Hollow. I was hoping to get an invite for Memorial and with the Travelers, I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I knew I needed to make up some FedExCup points, and this gets me in those, and it means I can plan my schedule now."- Lowry said, as quoted by Irish Golfer!

Lowry explained that winning this tournament has important personal importance for him. With family commitments and his wife and kids returning to Ireland in the summer, the victory means he won't have to spend extended periods away from home grinding out tournaments. 

This allows him more flexibility to pursue activities he enjoys. Winning has provided him with more freedom during the summer months. Looking ahead, he hopes that both he and McIlroy can build on this success. With three majors left in the season, Lowry is optimistic about their chances, aiming for individual victories or even multiple wins between them. 

Rory McIlroy's greatest desire is definitely to win the Masters, especially considering his prolonged dry period. The Northern Irishman had hoped most of all to capture the only Major that has eluded him; the Masters. However, Rory failed to impose his pace and demonstrate what is expected of him. 

What is also impressive is that McIlroy remains dedicated to achieving success, aware that exciting months lie ahead and opportunities to improve await him. Indeed, such a victory is an excellent moment for him to find his rhythm.

Shane Lowry also hasn't particularly impressed this season. He knew that this tournament could be an ideal opportunity for a fresh start. In a media interview, Lowry emphasized that both he and McIlroy came to this tournament with the desire to achieve a positive result. Their ambitions were also aimed at making things easier for themselves when it comes to the summer season. Jumping the FedEx Cup is an important thing for both golfers.

Rory McIlroy on the victory

McIlroy has faced various technical challenges throughout 2024, but he sees this victory as potentially liberating for the rest of the season. He feels that the style of golf they played under pressure down the stretch will benefit them both. McIlroy has always believed that he performs at his best when he's enjoying himself, and being out on the fairways with Shane makes it hard not to enjoy the game. 

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They are great friends, and the chemistry between them could be felt from the very beginning. Their dedication, focus, and readiness to produce a good result were evident right from the start.

Being friends for over twenty years is a significant thing. Lowry and McIlroy know each other extremely well. That's one of the reasons why this duo looked so impressive on the golf course. Many are hoping that the chemistry between them will be equally felt at the Ryder Cup at Bethpage 2025. It will be a chance for the European team to secure a victory on foreign soil. 

McIlroy is particularly happy to reflect on their beginnings when they were boys, building their careers. It's as if neither of them believed they could reach such heights. Two boys who only had dreams have become respected names in the world of golf. It's a fantastic story, truly.

“I think to win any PGA Tour event is very cool, but to do it with one of your closest friends, we’ve known each other for a long, long time, probably like over 20 years, so to think about where we met and where we’ve come from, to be on this stage and do this together, really, really cool journey that we’ve been a part of, and yeah, just awesome to be able to do it alongside this guy.”- McIlroy said.

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