Shane Lowry hopes to take full advantage of some ‘home comforts’ this summer when the Irish Open returns to Carton House in Co. Kildare, for the first time in seven years.
The two-time European Tour champion has been the Touring Professional at Carton House since January 2012, living in Leinster Wood which overlooks the O’Meara Course at the venue which hosts the 2013 Irish Open from June 27-30.
It will be the Montgomerie Course – used for both the 2005 and 2006 Irish Opens won by Stephen Dodd and Thomas Björn respectively – which The European Tour players will tackle once again, and Lowry believes his local knowledge can only help his bid to regain the title he so memorably won as an amateur at County Louth Golf Club in 2009.
Given his association with Carton House, the 25 year old can expect similar home support when he joins Rory McIlroy, the World Number One, and three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington as part of the strong Irish challenge in the field.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of support, not only for me but for all of the Irish boys, and I’d love to be able to win not only for the fans but for everyone at Carton House who has been so supportive over the past few years,” said Shane.
“The atmosphere was amazing at Royal Portrush last year and I’m sure it will be just the same in June.
“I’ve taken a lot of confidence from that victory in Portugal,” said the current World Number 64.
“It was massive for me. To get my first win as a professional was great. Hopefully I can now build on that and win more titles, and the Irish Open is certainly one that I am targeting this year. Obviously being able to stay at home during the week will be a big advantage and I cannot wait for it to come around.”
An advance season ticket for all four days can be bought for €70, a saving and €10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are priced at €30 pre-event, and €35 on the gate.
Concessions are available at €50 for a season (€60 on the gate) and €20 for any one day (€25 on the gate).
Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge and all car parking is also free.
Reserved grandstand seating can also be purchased immediately for Thursday, Friday and Saturday (€10) and the Sunday (€15) of the event.
Full ticket information can be found at: www.europeantour.com/tickets or telephone
Ticket Hotline: +440800 023 2557.