Shane Lowry: Open Victory Helps Irish Ryder Cup 2026 Bid, said Sports Minister Shane Ross

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The moment Shane Lowry won the Open

Shane Lowry & # 39; s Open Triumph helps Ireland to organize the Ryder Cup 2026, says the Irish minister of sport.

Organizers are likely to view Adare Manor more positively as a host after Irish Lowry's six-fold win over Irish soil, Shane Ross told BBC Sport.

"Irish sport and Irish golf really excel now," said Ross, who was in Portrush on Sunday for the final lap.

"We would absolutely love to see Shane knock off and other Irish players in Adare. It would be absolutely fantastic."

When asked about the bid, he said: "We would be optimistic that we were there would be with a shout. "

The Ryder Cup 2026 is the next vacant date when the event returns to Europe after the 2024 competition in America.

Adare in Limerick is likely to encounter rivals, including The Belfry – the last English venue to organize the Ryder Cup, in 2002.

"Clearly there is a lot of competition," Ross said . "I was at the last Ryder Cup in Paris to see how they did it.

" The fact that we have world class golf courses, world class players and that golf is now a national success, and because we have such have fantastic hospitality, tourism and courses – makes it much more likely that they will look at Ireland.

"We did [host the Ryder Cup] very well in 2006 at the K Club, so we have proven that we can do that. Since then we have improved."

Adare Manor is organizing next year's JP McManus Pro-am and is also tipped to hold an Irish Open.

Europe defends their Ryder Cup title on Whistling Straits in 2020 after a 17½-10½ win over Le Golf National in Paris last year.

Future Ryder Cup locations2020 – Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, VS2024 – Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York2022 – Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy 2015 – Europe: To be determined

& # 39; To do it at Portrush – you couldn't write it & # 39 ;, says Open champion Lowry

& # 39; We beat above our weight & # 39;

Lowry, 32, from County Offaly in Ireland, finished 15 under par as the Open was played in Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years.

He was the fifth winner in 13 years of the island of Ireland with the successes of Dubliner Padraig Harrington in 2007 and 2008, followed by the triumphs of Darren Clarke (2011) and Rory McIlroy (2014) in Northern Ireland .

It was also the last win in a productive period for the Irish sport, including Dubliner Eoin Morgan leading England to victory in the Cricket World Cup and Irish boxer Katie Taylor who will be the undisputed lightweight world champion ladies.

"We have a first test with Lord this week and are going to the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year with high expectations of good results," Ross said.

"We are really punching above our weight here. The government has put a huge amount of support behind these sports, and hopefully it reinforces our reputation as a place to play."

Lowry was welcomed by fans from all over the island and says that many friends made a last-minute trip from the Republic after taking the lead.

"It is such a big triumph for Ireland, and in terms of North and South. The great thing about golf here is that there are no limits," Ross said.

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