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Shane Lowry warms up for the Irish Open at Galgorm Castle.

Shane Lowry warms up for the Irish Open at Galgorm Castle.

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Shane Lowry warms up for the Irish Open at Galgorm Castle.

Striding alongside Cormac Sharvin and Gavin Moynihan on the empty fairways at Galgorm Castle on Wednesday afternoon, you’d hardly have known you were watching Open champion Shane Lowry in action.

The Offaly man only arrived in Ballymena on Wednesday having spent a couple of days at home with wife Wendy and daughter Iris first, and, after passing his coronavirus test and dealing with the assembled press corps, headed out for his first — and only — look at the course prior to today’s big tee-off.

Had it been any other year, the throngs of fans following would have been massive. After all, this is Shane Lowry, the conqueror of Royal Portrush, back on Northern Irish soil for the first time since that incredible week now over a year ago.