Lowry Conquers Royal Portrush - Wins The Open PDF Print E-mail


Shane Lowry addresses the media after capturing the 148th Open Championship

Portrush, Northern Ireland - On Sunday evening in Northern Ireland a

legendary celebration of epic proportions was taking place, not just

because the long 68 year wait for the Open Championship to return

had been realized - but because an Irishman was victorious.


Shane Lowry of the Republic of Ireland, had seized control of the Open

Championship with a superb 63 on Saturday. In brutal conditions on Sunday,

Lowry shot a brilliant one over par 72 in gusty winds and heavy rain to finish

at 15 under par, six clear of runner-up Tommy Fleetwood. Lowry's march

down the home stretch was a raucous seaside celebration of singing and

cheer, unifying all in attendance and throughout the Emerald Isle. On

occasions like these all of Ireland becomes ONE - links golf has that much

pull in this end of the world.


Sleeping on a four shot-54 hole lead Saturday night was tough on the

33 year old seeking his first major title. "Obviously, I didn't sleep very

well," Lowry said. "I slept for about 4 or 5 hours last night, and I normally

throw a good 8 to 10 hours at it. So wake up in the middle of the night

thinking about all sorts, and I was awake at half past 6 this morning."


For an Irishman who grew up just 180 miles south of Portrush in the

town of Clara, this is the stuff of which legends are made. Hometown

Northern Irishman and good friend of Lowry, Graeme McDowell offered

up this observation as his mate was coming down the inward stretch home,

"If he holds on and gets this done, Portrush will be a mess tonight".


Indeed GMac, let the Guiness flow...



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