Shane Lowry believes the Irish Open, due to be held in Mount Juliet in the summer could be “in trouble” due to the new quarantine rules.
The event is to get underway on the 1st of July at the local course after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
The government has added the US, Canada, Belgium, France, and Italy to the list of countries that requires arrivals to mandatory hotel quarantine.
Lowry says he could be forced to sit out the tournament as has indicated that he’s likely to stay in the US until he defends his Open title at Royal St George’s in mid-July.
As a result, Lowry’s caddie Brian Martin is due to fly back to Ireland this week before the new rules kick in.
“I think right now, if you look at what the Irish government are out there doing, I think the Irish Open is going to be in trouble because they’re out there putting France, Germany, and the US on a quarantine for two weeks. So I don’t know what’s going to happen there,” Lowry said after his final round at Augusta” said Lowry.
“You know, it’s pretty sh*t for me, to be honest, because I know things are tough for everybody at the minute, but my coach and my team are going home tomorrow, and I probably won’t see them until the Open.
“It’s not great, you know, because I want them over here for the big tournaments, the PGA and the US Open. We’ll see what happens. I don’t know. Maybe there will be exemptions or something. I have no idea.
The Offaly man finished up on level par and just outside the top 20 at the Masters.