‘Was Hard for Us to Perform Our Best’ – Shane Lowry Defends Team Europe’s Ryder Cup Loss

Published 09/29/2021, 3:44 PM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Shane Lowry lines up his putt on the second green during the third round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports


When a team plays away from home, there are always a few curses thrown at them by the home fans, usually to distract or demotivate the visitors. While most professionals are used to fans booing them, some fans do end up crossing the line and frustrating the players. At this year’s Ryder Cup, Shane Lowry shared his own debut experience, which was soured by the crowd at Whistling Straits.

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After the Ryder Cup, Lowry spoke up about the crowd, calling them ‘idiots’. While most people attending the event were well behaved and were cheering for the American team, some ended up making matters worse. Not only was Lowry a target, but so was his wife Wendy, something which the Irish icon did not appreciate.

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“It was hard for us, and as a team it was hard for us to perform our best because you stand up and you hit a three-iron to 10 feet from 250 yards and you don’t even get a ripple of applause,” Lowry said, adding that they almost got booed about it. “It’s hard, but I tried to take it as best I could. I think I did, I think I performed okay”. 

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According to Lowry, the crowd got worse as the day passed. Spectators consumed alcohol during the afternoon sessions, which only hyped them up more.

“I didn’t think it was that bad until I asked my wife what it was like for her, and they got abuse coming around as well,” Lowry said. He definitely didn’t think of it as a pleasant experience, even though he added it was a “small percentage” in the crowd.

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Lowry did speak of the good parts, mentioning the ovation he got as he wrapped up his match on Sunday. “That was pretty cool. And I thought I got on well with the crowd last week as best I could”.

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He spoke about the next Ryder Cup, which will be at home in Rome. Lowry maintained that the Ryder Cup was one of the best experiences he’s had in his entire life. And even though this was a tough 19-9 loss for the Europeans, he is determined to make a comeback and win next time.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, she has over two years' worth of sportswriting experience at Republic World. Devika loves NBA a little too much and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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