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Shane Lowry hails 'incredible' caddy Bo Martin as Ardglass bagman secures his first major title at The Open

Teamwork: Shane Lowry puts his arm around caddy Brian Martin as the pair walk onto the 72nd green at The Open Championship.
Teamwork: Shane Lowry puts his arm around caddy Brian Martin as the pair walk onto the 72nd green at The Open Championship.

By Adam McKendry and Gareth Hanna

All the talk was of Ricky Elliott, Harry Diamond and Dave McNeilly this week with regards to Northern Irish caddies in with a chance of potentially winning The Open with their players.

Of course, Elliott and Diamond were on the bags of two of the pre-tournament favourites, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy and McNeilly with Matt Wallace.

But, instead of any of those three, it's a former back-to-back Ardglass club champion who helped his man lift the Claret Jug.

Brian Martin has been a faithful No.2 to newly-crowned Open Champion Shane Lowry since September 2018 and, as the man with the clubs in his hands would tell you, has been absolutely essential to making him into a major winner.

Bo, as he is affectionately known, has caddied with the likes of Gary Murphy, Peter Lawrie, Alex Levy and Lucas Bjerregaard, winning three European Tour events with his previous employers.

But the switch to Lowry has given both men their first ever major win. It hasn't been a flash in the pan, either.

Before this biggest success of all, Lowry had flourished with Bo on the bag. He won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship back in January and went on to enjoy top-10s at the RBC Heritage, US PGA Championship and RBC Canadian Open.

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When Bo, a scratch handicapper in his own right, took over, Lowry was 86th in the world rankings. On Monday morning, he will be 17th.

"Bo has been incredible the last year," admitted the man with Claret Jug sitting in front of his nose.

"He started caddying for me about September last year, just when I started to play well again," Lowry added, hinting at more than a coincidental link.

"He's brought a new lease on life to me. He is so thrilled."

Lowry managed to card a one over par 72 to win The Open in horrific weather conditions and he was keen to explain how Bo played his part on the day itself.

"He was unbelievable," said the Offaly man. "He kept on my back all day, kept talking to me, he kept in my ear. I kept on telling him how nervous I was, how scared I was, how much I didn't want to mess it up.

"He was great at keeping me in the moment. He's been great for me. Like I said, you see my results since then have been good."

The pair were briefly separated for said Irish Open, with Bo attending the birth of his baby boy back home, but this week their relationship has gone to a whole new level.

"Iit was amazing," said Lowry. "His wife drove up today, and his little boy was here. It was amazing.

"To be able to share it with someone so close was very special."

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