Shane Lowry is hoping conditions will play into his hands as he makes his debut in the Saudi International.

The Open Championship winner began his season with a runners-up finish in the Hong Kong Open, but missed the cut in his defence of the Abi Dhabi HSBC Championship before a tie for 11th in Dubai last week.

The 32-year-old will play alongside world number one Brooks Koepka and former Masters Champion Sergio Garcia for the first two rounds at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

"It's very much a Middle East-style golf course and something that I like the look of straightaway," Lowry said.

"Hopefully I can go out and play well, but I do really like the look of the golf course and it's in perfect condition.

"I've done well in Abu Dhabi, in the DP World (Tour Championship) and I played okay in the Desert Classic the last couple of years. It's the type of golf that I like.

"The wind picks up here in the afternoon, which would suit me a little bit, as well. It is a type of golf that I do enjoy playing.

"I got off to a great start in Hong Kong after a long break and didn't know what to expect. Then came to Abu Dhabi and I sort of had a mental error on the last hole and missed the cut out of nowhere.

"Last week I finished 11th and probably would have liked to finish better, but any Sunday morning you're sitting there eating your breakfast and feel like you have a chance to win the tournament is a good day.

"I feel like my form is okay and I'm hoping to do all right this week and pick up a few more World Ranking points and Ryder Cup points."

Koepka finished 34th in Abu Dhabi following a lengthy injury play-off and stayed in the Middle East last week despite not competing in Dubai.

"Last week I practised all week," Koepka said. "I had three months off (with the injury) so there was no point in having a holiday or a vacation. It was more of a work thing. Just got the game ready. Felt good in Abu Dhabi. Felt good in Dubai. Feels good here.

"It's just a matter of going out and executing. I played just fine, (hit some) great shots in Abu Dhabi just didn't score and that's my own fault. Just coming here to try to figure it out and put some scores together, put some rounds together, and try to eliminate some mistakes."