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‘U.S. Open like:’ Shane Lowry particulars Ryder Cup scouting journey

This 12 months’s Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Membership in Rome could appear like a U.S. Open to some.

Not less than, that’s what Shane Lowry believes.

Lowry, together with the 11 different members of the European Ryder Cup staff, visited the Everlasting Metropolis to scout Marco Simone on Monday.

“The tough is fairly thick, however you could hit fairways, and you could hit greens, and you could keep within the gap, and that’s the way in which we prefer it,” Lowry stated of the golf course Tuesday.

“It’s fairly brutal in spots, nevertheless it’s no totally different to what you may see on the U.S. Open or one thing like that. When you go decently off the fairways, that’s going to get very attention-grabbing, so yeah.”

Shane Lowry, DP World Tour, Horizon Irish Open Golf Championship

Shane Lowry throughout the third spherical of the Horizon Irish Open.
Picture By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile by way of Getty Photos

Ought to they miss the brief grass, these teeing it up within the biennial competitors could draw some gnarly lies.

The thick tough was truly a level of emphasis for Staff USA when the Individuals scouted the course late final week.

However since this version of the Ryder Cup shall be contested in Italy, the Europeans have the freedom of organising the course as the house staff. Usually, Staff Europe likes to slim the fairways and thicken the tough to make the course tougher.

They hope their course setup will stymie the Individuals but once more too, as Staff USA has not gained the Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993.

“So I believe, look, they tried — just like the Individuals do, after they get their dwelling Ryder Cup, they attempt to arrange the golf course to swimsuit them, and I believe the vice captains try to arrange the golf course to swimsuit us,” Lowry stated. “When you hit an excellent driver and a second shot down the green — that’s what golf’s about. That’s how I see it.”

Becoming a member of Captain Luke Donald as Vice Captains for Staff Europe are Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, and former Ryder Cup captains Thomas Bjorn and Jose Maria Olazábal.

Every captain additionally made the fast journey, which undoubtedly helped the youthful gamers, particularly Ludvig Åberg, 23, and Nicholai Højgaard, 22.

“Particularly for the youthful lads yesterday, it was very, very cool,” Lowry stated.

“Simply to get everybody concerned and everybody appears like The Ryder Cup is nearly beginning and as a result of if you get there the week of, and it’s your first Ryder Cup, even when it’s not your first Ryder Cup, the week goes by shortly. So that you get in and earlier than it, it’s Wednesday or Thursday, and also you perhaps really feel such as you haven’t actually acquired to do what you’ll have favored.”

Now, the 12 Europeans will tee it up on the BMW PGA Championship, the place the DP World Tour paired every of the Ryder Cuppers collectively.

The European camaraderie will solely enhance in England, simply because it did Monday night in Italy when the staff joined collectively for dinner.

Maybe they are going to be adequately ready to deal with the thick tough, too.

The forty fourth Ryder Cup begins on Sept. 29.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By means of. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Remember to try @_PlayingThrough too.

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