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Shane Lowry hoping to have mixture of luck and skill at US Open

Shane Lowry hoping to have mixture of luck and skill at US Open
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The Open champion finished in a tie for fourth in last month's US PGA.

Open champion Shane Lowry believes a mixture of luck and skill will be required to triumph in the 121st US Open.

Lowry is relishing the tough test the championship usually provides, especially after finishing in a tie for fourth in last month’s US PGA at Kiawah Island and sixth a fortnight later in the Memorial Tournament.

But the 34-year-old feels the thick rough around the greens on the South Course at Torrey Pines will bring an element of “hit and hope” to the recovery shots often required to save par.

“A US Open for me is like a true test of golf, every part of your game, every part of your mentality will be required to do well in this game,” Lowry said.

“You obviously need to drive the ball in the fairway. I think the longer hitters will have a bit of an advantage because there’s not much trouble out here, only rough, and the further you’re off in the rough, the easier it is.

“I think the rough is actually too thick (and) actually takes a little bit of the skill level out of it. There’s a lot of times where you get around the greens and it’s a bit of a hit-and-hope and a bit of luck involved.

“I’m quite happy where my game’s at. Tournaments are won on the greens. Give me a really good putting week, and I’ll be hopefully there or thereabouts.”

Course specialist?

The career grand slam-chasing Phil Mickelson has won three times at Torrey Pines, but the last of those wins was 20 years ago and came just months before the South Course was redesigned, much to Mickelson’s disappointment. Spain’s Jon Rahm won his first PGA Tour title here in 2017 and has since finished 29th, fifth, second and seventh.

Key tee times (all BST)

1529 Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka
1551 Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson
2114 Tyler Strafaci, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau
2136 Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose

Weather forecast

Low clouds and patchy fog are expected to begin the day before giving way to mainly sunny skies with highs just past 70 degrees as we return to the lighter onshore flow. Friday into the weekend continues that theme of gorgeous San Diego weather.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
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· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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