Shane Lowry is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite a whirlwind 48 hours which saw the Offaly man finish runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship and also seal his place in the US Open after winning yesterday’s qualifying event at Walton Heath.

Instead of sitting on his laurels after turning around what had been a disappointing season up until the weekend’s exploits, having only made three cuts in nine starts prior to the BMW at Wentworth, the 27-year-old is heading straight to the Scandinavian Masters rather than taking his foot off the gas.

“I need to keep going, keep playing in tournaments. I could easily have qualified today and gone home tonight happy and taken two weeks off until the US Open,” Lowry told RTÉ Sport.

“I probably would have done that in the past, but I’m going on to Sweden this week with my game in good shape and feeling really confident and I’m looking to contend.”

Lowry carded an eight-under par overall score in heavy wind and rain at Walton Heath Golf Club – hitting a round of 69 on the new course and 67 on the old course – to guarantee his spot at Pinehurst on 12–15 June.

He admitted to fatigue after coming into the qualifier just hours after completing a tough but ultimately highly rewarding week at Wentworth.

“It was tough enough I suppose because I was in contention for most of the week in Wentworth and to play a week like that on such a tough golf course and contend and try and win,” said the former Irish Open champion.

“Then you’ve got to go and play 36 holes on the Monday which is tough, but I’m playing well.”

Despite having to battle against the elements, Lowry said he was confident he would do well and turn the conditions to his advantage.

“I’m pretty tired and pretty wet, the weather was really horrific out there,” he said.

“I quite fancied my chances going out there today, and when I saw the weather wasn’t great I knew it would kind of taken a lot of lads out of the running.

“So I just went out there and did my own thing and tried to get through and thankfully I did.”

“I really believe I can go over there and contend for a Major championship.” - Shane Lowry 

Lowry is excited at the prospect of playing in the Major and believes he can and should impress in Pinehurst, and for the rest of the season.

He added: “I’m not thinking for one minute that I’m just going to go over there and make up the numbers.

“I really believe I can go over there and contend for a Major championship. I’ll hopefully be in The Open a few weeks after that and I’ve got the Irish Open in between.

“I’ve got the USPGA coming up not long after that too.”

As for making a late push for a spot in Paul McGinley’s Ryder Cup squad at Gleneagles in September, Lowry said he is just focusing on his own game in tournaments for the time being.

The Offaly man concluded: “I just need to keep playing golf. I have got a great schedule now right through to August.

“I’m not actually thinking about the Ryder Cup but if I can have a few decent finishes, I’m in some very big tournaments coming up, you never know.”