From Calamity to a bogey putt: The five shots that won The Open for Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry won The Open Championship by SIX clear shots on Sunday after delivering a truly stunning weekend performance.
Here's a look at five of the key shots that swung the tide:
Day Three: 16th Hole - Tee Shot
Calamity is a daunting tee shot on the best of days, so imagine standing there leading an Open and firing at a tiny target over a gaping chasm. For Lowry, he just went straight at it, pinging a lasered four-iron right down the flag and watching with delight as the crowd roared it to within eight feet of the pin. Not only that, but he then went up and holed the putt as well, and at that moment you really started to think that nobody was going to catch him.
Day Three: 10th Hole - Second Shot
Faced with the ball well below his feet, Lowry was hitting into a narrow green knowing that he would get no spin on the ball coming out of the rough. At one point he was talking about just chipping out sideways to avoid potentially hitting a horror shot, but after committing to going for the green, he played an absolute stunner that bounced up and onto the green to just under 10 feet and holed the putt for birdie. That was a momentum swing, and he rode it all the way to a famous 63.
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Day Four: 18th Hole - Final Putt
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In all honesty, this is probably the easiest shot he’ll have hit all week, but given this was literally where he won it, it had to be included, right? All the hard work had already been done, the tough shots played, the tricky putts sank and the winds and the rain navigated expertly. All he had to do from there was enjoy the walk up the 18th fairway and through the grandstands, and when he tapped in for par, the arms were raised.
Day Four: 14th Hole - Bogey Putt (Tommy Fleetwood)
The only shot on this list that Lowry didn’t hit himself, Fleetwood had to hole his bogey putt to keep the gap at four and know that his chances were still alive with four holes to play. Instead, he missed it and carded a double-bogey to leave the gap between the two at five. Both players admitted afterwards that it was the moment they knew the race was over.
Day Four: 1st Hole - Bogey Putt
This was absolutely crucial to maintain some kind of control on the tournament. Faced with an eight-foot putt for bogey, and with Tommy Fleetwood having just missed for birdie, this was a chance to keep his lead at three shots when at one point it looked like it could be cut to as low as one. He held his nerve and sank it, and from there the rest was history.
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