Shane Lowry takes positives from Valderrama

Shane Lowry takes positives from Valderrama

Ireland’s Shane Lowry is hoping for a strong end to the season after the “best week of the year” at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

The 31-year-old took second spot in the rain-shortened event on Monday to earn 222,220 euros and book his place in the DP World Tour Championship.

It has been an average campaign for the three-time European Tour winner, with his first top-10 finish not coming until the Portugal Masters.

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He has missed seven cuts and is now down in 70th place in the world rankings and, although happy with the result, felt he should have got closer to winner Sergio Garcia in Spain.

“A 66 around here and being in contention is pretty good,” he said. “I’m just disappointed I didn’t put a bit of pressure on Sergio. I had it to within one at one stage, and then I made double, and he made birdie. That was it.

“But it’s my best week of the year, serious positives to take from it, and I’ve got a great four weeks coming up now to finish the season.”