Danny Willett urges caution for new Open Champion Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry became the first European under the age of 35 to win a Major since 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, and the Englishman has some pearls of wisdom for Lowry after he endured a lengthy lean spell after donning the Green Jacket.

“Take some time off. Spend it with your family and friends and enjoy what you accomplished because it doesn’t happen very often,” said Willett, whose own form plummeted for a lengthy spell after capitalising on Jordan Spieth’s collapse three years ago.

Wholesale changes

In the intervening years Willett made wholesale changes to his backroom team, including caddy and coach, and made technical swing changes.

Slowy re-round form

This, combined with a back injury, saw Willett drop to a lowly 462nd in the world rankings but he has slowly re-found the form that saw him win at Augusta with victory at the DP World Tour Championship last November.

“You need to enjoy it and then get yourself back and refocused and try and press on. It’s very easy to get pulled in different directions. Shane has a little one now and he needs to be a little bit selfish and do what’s right for him. Try not to get pulled off and sent around the world to play a bit of golf. These are the championships you want to win.”

Lowry withdrew from this week’s WGC-FedEx St.Jude Invitational and will next likely tee it up at the PGA Tour’s Play-offs before heading back to the European Tour in the latter stages of the year and try to put the seal on a first Race to Dubai title.

Shane Lowry is greeted by thousands of fans after bringing the Claret Jug back to his hometown of Clara following his Open victory.
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