Date of Birth:2nd April 1987Country:Ireland

Shane Lowry

Sport was in his blood. In his childhood, the talk around the breakfast table in the Lowry household more often than not focused on Gaelic football. Why not? His father, Brendan, was an integral part of the Offaly All-Ireland winning team of 1982. But it was golf that did it for Shane, who first dabbled with pitch-and-putt before moving on to the longer game in his teenage years. He was a quick learner and, after breaking into the Irish Boys’ team in 2005, he went on to win the Irish Close title in 2007 before producing a performance in the 3 Irish Open at Baltray in 2009 that wouldn’t have been out of place in the movie ‘Tin Cup’. Playing as an amateur, Lowry won the Irish Open – beating England’s Robert Rock at the third tie hole – to put his name on the one of the most cherished titles on the PGA European Tour alongside legendary players including Nick Faldo, SeveBallesteroes and Bernhard Langer. He joined the professional ranks a week after his great win . . . . confirmed he had settlecd in the pro game with a third place finish in the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan at the end of the 2009 season and followed up with a fourth-place finish in the Abu Dhabi Open early in the 2010 season on the European Tour . . . . retains a strong interest in the footballing and hurling fortunes of Offaly.