Shane Lowry said the Irish Open is the only European Tour event he would play this year as he conceded the vast majority of his time will be spent in the USA.

The Ofaly man has been living in Florida since March, preparing for the resumption of the PGA Tour season behind closed doors in June.

Lowry, 33, was deprived of the chance to defend his Open Championship crown due to the outbreak of Covid-19 but he's now focused on sharpening up for the eagerly anticipated return of competitive pro golf at the Charles Schwab Challenge on 11 June.  

Presently, the BetFred British Masters is the next scheduled event on the European Tour. That's slated for 30 July, but Lowry, speaking to RTÉ 2fm's Game On, said he'll only seriously consider coming back to Europe for the tournament he won as an amateur in 2009. 

"The way it is, especially with the quarantine on both sides, I don't think it'd be physically possible for me (to go back)," he said. 

"The only tournament I would contemplate going back for was if there was an Irish Open put back on the schedule. I haven't seen a schedule from the European Tour so I can't really but I'll probably be mostly in America for the rest of the year.

"Things are just going to be a bit different. I'm just going to go back to what I've done the last few years, and that's kind of living day by day, week by week, and just try to perform the best I can every day."

Lowry also revealed he'll have a new man on the bag for the first few weeks of the season.

"Bo's wife is having a baby in a few weeks so I've got a different caddie for the first few weeks and then Bo, I think he's coming back in late July/August," he said.

"He's not been able to travel solely because his wife is having a baby, nothing to with international travel. I've got Darren Reynolds, who's another good Irishman."

There was heightened interest in The Match: Champions for Charity exhibition at Medalist Golf Club over the weekend Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning beat Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson in a challenge that aimed to raise $10m for Covid-19 relief.

As one of the first sports to get going again, golf has an opportunity to attract new eyeballs. 

"I've said all along I think this is a good opportunity for golf to be one of the first sports to get back on TV and maybe people are so starved and deprived of live sport that it might get a few more people into the game," added Lowry. 

"We'll be out there with no crowds and trying to make it as exciting as possible. I'm not sure how exciting you can actually make it. We just have to try and do our best."