‘I’m Not a Politician. I’m a Professional Golfer’: Shane Lowry Sounds Off Criticism Around Saudi International

Published 01/13/2022, 4:45 AM EST
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Team Europe’s Shane Lowry reacts during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar


Saudi International Golf Event brought many controversies into the golf world. Although many golfers will be attending the event, not many were willing to state their reason to do so. This time, it was Shane Lowry who broke the silence.

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Shane Lowry is an Irish Golfer who turned pro in 2009. The 34-year-old achieved his greatest career moment when he won the 2019 Open Championship at the Royal Portrush Golf Club. Shane was also a part of Team Europe for the 2021 Ryder Cup.

Lowry was also the winner of the 2015 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; He defeated by two strokes Bubba Watson in the final round.

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Shane is one of the pro golfers who opted to attend Saudi International amidst the controversies. He is also one of the few who stated his reasons for participating in the event.

Shane Lowry on why he wants to play at the Saudi International

Saudi International was receiving a lot of criticism citing the violation and the increase in the prize money. The Saudi government has invested a massive amount in the event. 

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Although golfers like Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth did talk about the prize money they would be receiving, they didn’t mention it outright. Shane Lowry, though, doesn’t like to beat around the bushes.  

 

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He said“I earn a living for myself and my family and try and take care of those, and this is just a part of that, and I need to go there.” 

“I’m not a politician. I’m a professional golfer,” added Lowry. He explained that he’d simply be doing his job by going out there and competing. Just like anyone else, he wants to win

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Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 12, 2021 Ireland’s Shane Lowry during a practice round REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

 

Lowry further mentioned: “But I’m happy to go there. I’m happy to earn my living going there and going and playing good golf and hopefully win a tournament.”

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What do you think of the Saudi International controversy? And what do you think about Shane Lowry’s response to it? Let us know!

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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