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Shane Lowry wants tougher US Open courses

Shane Lowry is looking forward to a return to US Open courses which produce “carnage” after experiments with two new venues in the past three years.

Lowry finished in a tie for 46th at Erin Hills, with the venue, which opened in 2006, yielding a wealth of records despite being the longest golf course in major championship history.

Brooks Koepka took the victory with a total of 16 under par that equalled the tournament record set by Rory McIlroy in 2011, while seven players finished in double digits under par. Before that, only McIlroy and Tiger Woods had achieved this feat.

A total of 31 players finished under par, surpassing the record of 28 at Medinah in 1990, while Justin Thomas shot a final-round 63 which equalled the lowest score in major history and was the first 9-under-par round in the U.S. Open. However, Lowry admits he will be happier with the more traditional U.S. Open venues which have already been announced, starting with Shinnecock Hills in 2018, before Pebble Beach.

"It [Erin Hills] didn't play how I would have liked," said Lowry. "I'd have liked to see it play tougher, firmer, faster -- if you got a windy day like Sunday with a firm course it would have been carnage out there, but that's what I would have liked.

"People were talking about which type of U.S. Open do you prefer, and an Oakmont and a level-par winning score is the type of U.S. Open I like.

"It's only once a year we have to play it, every other event is an absolute shoot-out so why not play a U.S. Open as hard as you can and the best golfer at the end is going to win.

"I know I played well last year, but when I got to Oakmont I was licking my chops, thinking this is the type of golf that I like. I can't say when I got here this week I was really looking forward to it that much because someone could shoot seven under out there and we saw someone shoot nine on Saturday."




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