Shane Lowry believes the decision to base his family in Florida for the first half of 2018 will give him more chances to win on tour.

Lowry looking for boost from Florida switch

Lowry looking for boost from Florida switch

The Irishman, who closed out his 2017 campaign with a runner-up finish behind Jon Rahm in the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship, knows he must make his mark in the US again.

His PGA Tour exemption for winning the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational runs out at the end of next season, so he cannot afford to finish outside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup points again or he will lose his tour card.

The Florida move will eliminate more than half a dozen transatlantic trips, enabling the 30-year-old to make more PGA Tour starts and, he hopes, more chances to win.

"The last two years have been tough but especially this year," Lowry told the Irish Independent. "It will be nice to have Wendy and [baby daughter] Iris with me most of next year."

The birth of his daughter seemed to herald a return to form for Lowry as he recorded his first top-10 finish since finishing tied for third at the 2016 US Open at May's BMW PGA at Wentworth.

"I don't know what it is," he added. "Maybe when you have a child, it makes a difference. It is probably no coincidence that since Iris was born, my golf has been quite good. It puts life into perspective."

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