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Lowry – Man On A Mission

At 28 years of age, with 3 wins under his belt, Ryder Cup is the next logical step.

Following on from his magnificent victory in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron earlier this year, Shane Lowry is feeling confident in his own abilities and he is setting his sights on the biggest prizes in golf. It might seem like he’s been around a long time but you have to remember that in April this year he teed it up in his first ever US Masters.  Now he’s firmly inside the Top 20 players in the world, looking at the Olympics, Ryder Cup and the coveted top spot in the OWGR too, no doubt.

Currently sitting in 5th spot in the Race to Dubai but close enough to strike, Shane commented, “I am half a million behind Rory right now.  I am up for having a crack at it in Dubai. The goal would be to be at the DP World Championship with a chance to win the Race to Dubai, if I win the tournament.”

A lofty ambition it has to be said, but after seeing him this season you’d not bet against him. He seems to be challenging whenever he’s in the field and if he can do it, he will definitely be in the reckoning for a Ryder Cup debut under Darren Clarke.

Lowry’s first outing of the new season on the European Tour will be at The Irish Open in the K Club in May, before that he will be plying his trade exclusively on the PGA Tour so while he definitely has Ryder Cup on his mind, he may end up seeking qualification through the World Points list rather than the European Tour Points list.

“I would hope to make the Ryder Cup on the World Points list. That’s the way I am looking at it now. If I am close to making it on the other list, I might changemy schedule a little bit to try to make it in that. I will just have to see. The Ryder Cup is a massive goal but it is not the be all and end all for next year. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. I am playing in big enough tournaments that if I can keep playing the way I amand keep doing what I am doing, I feel I can make that team.”

Obviously, winning is always the ultimate goal and having come close at the Alfred Dunhill, where he felt he could have won if he’d had anywhere except Carnoustie on Day 1, and then coming so close

at the British Masters which he admits he definitely should have won, he will certainly find himself on the podium again before too long.  “Yeah I had six weeks off and came back and enjoyed my six weeks a little too much,” he said.

“It’s hard not to after winning a tournament like that (WGC). But towards the end of it, I refocused myself, went to the Dunhill and felt like I could win.  I wasn’t too happy when I saw I was at Carnoustie the first day. I just struggled that day but after that I was fine, shot 14 under the next three days and went to the British Masters feeling so confident. I was speaking to my manager Conor Ridge on the phone that week, and I said ‘I think I am going to win this week.’ I’d never said that before. But I feel like I should have won.”

He has definitely come into his own and he admits himself that he’s finding the game easy right now. “There are times when golf comes easy and times when golf is hard. At the minute, it feels like the game is easy and I just need to make sure I don’t get complacent and keep working.”We’ll watch this space with interest and see what lies ahead.

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Spotlight: Malaga

Relax & Play – Costa Del Golf

If your plan is to play some golf and relax, there is no better place than Spain’s Costa Del Sol, where you will find amazing hotels, sun, sea and great golf courses.

Better known as “Costa Del Golf”, located in the south of Spain, Malaga’s coast counts with more than 70 golf courses with many of them allowing you to enjoy a relaxing accommodation with the plus of practicing the beloved sport.

Costa Del Golf has it all, beautiful landscapes, fabulous beaches, delicious food, interesting customs and traditions, and the fact that it is not a cosmopolitan city, it gives you the opportunity of enjoying your stay in a stress-free environment but without lacking the perks of a modern city.

The following hotels not only have their own golf course, but also offer all kinds of services, some of which include the spa, pool, guided tours to monuments, trips to towns along the Costa del Sol and much more.  Making it not only the perfect ground for a holiday trip with friends and family, but also a great destination to enjoy the excitement of golf.

Parador de Malaga Golf

Located near the city of Malaga, and only 10 minutes from Malaga Airport, this hotel offers breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea and it has a private entrance to the beach and not to mention an 18-hole golf course, its own golf school and 3 Putting Greens.

Melia. La Quinta Golf & Spa

Located in the Golf Valley (Marbella). Besides having a 27-hole facility divided in three 9-hole courses suited for any kind of player, this beautiful complex also has a golf academy for those planning to start in the world of golf. There is no better way of starting than in the hands of a professional!

Hotel Finca Cortesin

Located between Marbella and Sotogrande. The course is almost 7000 square meters and with more than 100 bunkers, making it one of the perfect venues to celebrate championships of all kind. It has been a three times host for the Volvo World Match Play Championship, one of the most prestigious tournaments at a professional level.

Resort Duquesa Golf

It’s a 5 star hotel that counts with a 18-hole golf course designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones.  And you know what they say, “The sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course”.

Marbella Club Hotel

Located in the “Golden Mile” of Costa Del Sol, between Marbella and Puerto Banus. An 18-hole course designed by Dave Charles Thomas, one of Britain’s leading golfers during the 1950s and 1960s with many tournament victories around Europe, including the News of the World Match Play and the Belgian, Dutch and French Open.

Clubstohire.com #1 chosen course

La Cala (Malaga-Spain)

La Cala Resort is one of the largest and most exclusive resorts in Southern Europe in the well renowned Costa Del Sol region (AKA “Costa del Golf”). With three 18-hole golf courses. The Campo America Course is perhaps more difficult than the shorter Campo Asia but both demand great accuracy from the tee and meticulously club selection. Meanwhile, the third golf course, Campo Europa, uses the River Ojen in making the course distinctive. Three superb championship courses, each presenting its own unique challenges, carefully maintained to ensure they are playable all year round. The layout allows for plenty of water hazards, and offer different challenges to all levels of golfers and demand good course management in addition to a wide variety of shots. This state-of-the-art complex was designed by the famous landscape architect Cabell B. Robinson. (Robert Trent Jones was his teacher and mentor).

It´s not necessarily all about golf either as guests and residents can enjoy a variety of activities to include horse riding, hiking along nature trails, mountain biking, tennis and more. The resort has its very own professional football pitch and water skiing, sailing, kite surfing, scuba diving and canyoning are all available in the locality.  And in the winter season you can even take a one day round trip to the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort, which is just 2 hours and 30 minutes away from La Cala.

It is indeed a magnificent golf complex, and if you are planning in visiting Costa del Sol for a golfing getaway, don’t miss the chance to try and experience La Cala.

Written by our awesome staff member in Malaga – David!

What’s all the fuss about the M1?

M1 driver

Following more than two decades of advanced research and development, TaylorMade Golf, manufacturers of the #1 driver in golf, have developed a multi-material combination of titanium and a seven-layer carbon composite to unlock their longest driver and

most easy to fit product line in company history, M1™. In M1, engineers have created a driver designed to provide golfers with more ball speed, forgiveness and distance in TaylorMade’s first-ever “unmetalwood” family.

Every golfer’s swing is unique, and as the industry leader in product innovation, TaylorMade answered the challenge in delivering more performance to players of all skill levels with the introduction of M1 and its multi-material construction; delivering more speed, high launch, low spin, and increased ball speed protection.

The use of revolutionary carbon composite crown design in TaylorMade’s new M1 driver resulted in a significant decrease in overall club weight and allowed engineers to lower the centre of gravity (CG) and add a revolutionary T-Track system that houses 25g of adjustable weight, enabling the golfer to personalise their driver more than with any product before. TaylorMade’s research and development team’s internal acoustic management techniques have led to the M1driver’s best in class sound, which has been meticulously crafted to control vibration and pitch at impact.

Designed and built to be the best performing golf products in the world, M1’s engineers also sought the perfect blend of form and  function in the club’s aesthetics and club alignment. The endeavour brought forward the authenticity of the club’s materials in a way that

produced the most effective, visually appealing alignment system of any TaylorMade product to date. The combination of the black face, white forward section and composite rear of the M1’s crown is not only visually attractive, but provides golfers with a confidence-inspiring alignment aid at address.

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