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Shane Lowry holds the trophy after winning the 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club Image Credit: AFP

Shane Lowry, winner of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Championship, will return to Singapore for the first time since 2012 after confirming his attendance at the Porsche Singapore Classic.

The tournament, which will be held at Laguna National Golf Resort Club from March 21-24, is the first event on the DP World Tour’s Asian Swing following on from the International Swing , which included five events in the Middle East.

“I love being able to play all over the world, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Singapore for the Porsche Singapore Classic,” said the 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year, who will compete for a prize fund of US$2,500,000.

“I played in Singapore a few times earlier in my career and loved experiencing everything the city has to offer. I’ve never played at Laguna National before but I’ve heard good things and it looks a great test.

“With Porsche now on board I’m sure it’s going to be a great week and I can’t wait to get out there in March.”

The Irishman will be targeting a return to form after dropping to his lowest position on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) since picking up a maiden Major trophy at The Open Championship in 2019.

Following a disappointing final round 76 at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, he has slipped further outside the top 50 to 53rd.

The 36-year-old also hasn’t currently qualified for any of the PGA Tour’s Signature Events this season after failing to finish inside the top 50 of last year’s FedEx Cup rankings.

He either must win this season in the States or finish inside the Aon Swing 5, the top five points scorers during the swing of tournaments between Signature Events, to qualify for the bumper prize fund tournaments.