Reigning Open champion Shane Lowry confessed on Wednesday that the Claret Jug has become “part of the furniture” in his house but he’s ready to move on with the hopes of accomplishing “different stuff” in the game.
Because last year’s Open was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lowry has been able to hold on to the iconic trophy for an extra year, going back to his victory at Royal Portrush in July 2019
The 34-year-old Irishman, though, said it will be returned “great shape” and that he’ll even shine it up before handing over in two weeks, ahead of his defense at Royal St George’s.
“You know, it’s funny, because you think, not that it’s done, but like it’s so long ago now, not that I’m ready to put it behind me because it’s something I’ll always have, but I’m really happy I’ve achieved something like that,” said Lowry at Mount Juliet Golf & Spa Hotel, ahead of the Irish Open.
“I’ve obviously got the trophy. But it’s not like I sit down there every night with it on my dinner table in front of when I’m eating my dinner. It’s something that I have and I’ve put aside.
“But I’m obviously very focused and driven to do things and do different things in the sport, not necessarily bigger, better, because I think I’ll find that hard to achieve.
“But yeah, I’m just very hungry and very anxious — not anxious, but very hungry and very driven and focused on going and achieving different stuff in this game. I don’t tend to think about it too much.
“It’s funny, because it’s just there now. It’s a part of the furniture and it’s pretty cool to have that.”
He added, “I have to be there Monday morning, so I’m sure that’s when I give it back.
“Yeah, I’m travelling over on Sunday and I’ll be there Monday morning at the golf course. That’s the plan as far as I know, anyway.”