Lowry ready for US Open

Shane Lowry believes he has what it takes to challenge the big names in golf at the US Open after topping qualification for the second major of the year (Lowry 40/1 – Nordea Masters Outright).

The Irishman is enjoying a good run of form at the minute after picking up a cheque for £500,000 for finishing second at the BMW PGA Championship at the weekend.

The 27-year-old led the field at Wentworth at one point before finishing a shot behind winner Rory McIlroy (9/1 – US Open Outright).

Lowry followed up his good showing at the European Tour’s flagship event by storming through qualification for the US Open on Monday, finishing top of the international section at Walton Heath.

Lowry, a two-time European Tour winner, was the most recognised name out of the 14 to qualify as Jose Maria Olazabal and Padraig Harrington missed the cut.

The world number 74 missed the cut on his only other appearance at a US Open in 2011 but believes he is now ready to compete with the best after pushing McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn close at Wentworth.

“I can’t wait to get to Pinehurst,” said Lowry.

“Majors are where I want to be playing. Last week I was comfortable competing down the stretch with the likes of Thomas Bjorn, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, so I’ve got a lot of confidence and I’ll take that with me to Pinehurst.”

Lowry will hope to maintain his current good form going into the US Open that starts on June 12.

Before he can turn his attention to matters across the Atlantic, Lowry must first focus on this week’s Nordea Masters where he will be up against the likes of Henrik Stenson, Franceso Molinari, Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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