Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell happy with familiar surroundings in Australia

The duo represent Ireland in the World Cup of Golf this week

BY Daniel Kelly 10:40 Wednesday 23 November 2016, 10:40 23 Nov 2016

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell. Picture by Scott Heppell AP/Press Association Images

The World Cup of Golf takes place this week at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.

The course, situated in the south-east suburbs of the Australian city, looks very similar to a links course in places, although it's five kilometres from the course.

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell are representing Ireland in the competition, and the Offaly star thinks the course, is similiar to what he grew up on in Ireland.

"I can only imagine how good it is to grow up playing on a golf course like this. And you definitely produce more of a golfer fan on a course like this than you would on your straightforward parkland course, I fully believe that in this wind and I think that's why we're lucky where we grew up and we played on a lot of different golf courses like links courses in different conditions and we learned how to play golf."

"We didn't learn how to swing the club, we learned how to play golf. I think that's what golf's all about, it's playing the game and not swinging the club."

Lowry added that courses like Kingston Heath will help children improve their games, instead of constant practising.

"I think we need to teach that to kids, to let them out on the golf course rather than out on the driving range. That's the way of getting, growing the game of golf, I think, is just about playing golf more so than hitting balls."

McDowell agreed with his partner, as the duo look to become the first Irish duo to win the World Cup in nearly 20 years. Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley last won the title in 1997.

"People always ask me the question why we produce so many great players in Ireland and I think it's because the game of golf is cheap and accessible and golf clubs welcome junior players. I feel when I come to Australia I get that same feeling, that the game of golf is really, really approachable for people... I feel like the people have the same attitude towards the game of golf in this part of the world as where Shane and I grew up in Britain and Ireland."

The duo begin their campaign with Scotland's Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart at 1.50am Irish time, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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