Shane Lowry is excited to take a leadership role on the PGA Tour. Here’s why Golf news and tour information



Abu Dhabi – Last week it was Adam Scott. Now Shane Lowry is a member. The PGA Tour Players’ Advisory Council is becoming more and more international. Which is not to say the Irishman wasn’t surprised to get an invitation to join from Andy Pazder, the tour’s head of tournaments and competitions.

“The PAC was never something I thought I wanted to get involved with, to be honest,” Lowry said before playing in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships this week. “I’ve always seen the lads on committees and stuff and I was like, sure this just gets in the way. But I’ve thought about it a lot and talked to a lot of people. I think where the game is at right now, it would be nice to be involved. I feel like I can get a little bit of input.” As for what’s going on.I look forward to being a part of that.

“Maybe the fact that I’m a world-class player helped,” he continued. “Maybe it would be nice for them to have someone like me on the committee. I don’t know what to bring though. I don’t even know what it entails. I know it’s four meetings a year. But I’m engaged now, and we’ll see how it turns out.”

As a follow-up to his new niche, Lowry was asked about the “broader picture” of the DP World Tour, as the former Open Championship champion heads into the first full-field playing event of 2023. Is the Old World circuit in a “good place?” since when, There are arguments on both sides. Some will point to the field this week in the Middle East. Without 11 LIV Tour players, it can reasonably be said that the lineup would look a little thin up front. But Laurie remains optimistic about the future.

“In the last year or so, we’ve skewed into thinking $20 million or $100 million is normal,” said the former Open Championship champion. And that’s what we have to play for; that’s what we deserve. Everyone gets rid of characters who are just astronomical. So if we’re playing for €2m or €3m this round, it’s ‘not enough’. The truth is that this tour has grown “Through our alliance with the PGA Tour, the prize money is guaranteed to grow every year for the next 13 years. It’s good for the Tour. It’s sustainable, which is the big thing. A sustainable product is something you need, and the Tour has that.”

Could this tour be any better? He completed. “We can all be better at anything we do. But with steady growth over the coming years, this tour will just keep getting better.”

Lowry said this is something every gamer should maintain. Just as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer left a better PGA Tour for the next generation of players, so did Fred Coples and Davis Love for Tiger. Thus, the current crop of stars on both sides of the Atlantic in turn.

“I just hope that in 30 years the guys on tour play better than I do now,” Lowry said. “As a group of players, we need to be aware of that responsibility. On the European Tour, guys like Seve Ballesteros and José Maria Olazabal passed the tour on to Thomas Bjorn and his contemporaries. Now they’ve passed it on to us. So it’s up to us to pass the tour on to the next generation. In a better place than we got.

“That’s what’s important for golf going forward,” Lowry continued. “That is why I am thrilled to be involved with the PAC on the PGA Tour. I am excited about where golf is going and what is right for the game.”

Overall, he seems like the right guy for the PAC job.

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