Lowry looking to kick on
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Shane Lowry hopes becoming a father for the first time can help inspire him to a strong run of form over the next few months.
The Irishman and his wife Wendy recently welcomed a baby girl, Iris, to their family which, as a result, has further limited his playing plans, having made only four appearances on the PGA Tour in 2017.
His best showings came in the form of top-20s in Phoenix and at the Pebble Beach pro-am and after taking some extra time off, is now plotting his schedule for the rest of the campaign.
A number of players have made their major breakthroughs shortly after becoming fathers and Lowry certainly has the talent to add his name to that list.
Ahead of next month's Masters, the 29-year-old says he now has a new focus in his life and is hoping it can help him ahead of a busy few months.
He told the European Tour's official website: "Obviously my life has changed recently with the arrival of Iris, and hopefully the happiness she brings off the course will help me to play better golf and make a really good run of it over the next few months because I have some of my favourite tournaments of the year to look forward to."