Who is Shane Lowry? All you need to know about the Irishman who won The Open at Royal Portrush
Shane Lowry is The 148th Open Champion after a six shot success at Royal Portrush.
Here's everything else you need to know:
Hometown: Clara, County Offaly
Turned professional: 2009
Tour victories: FIVE - 2009 Irish Open (as an amateur), 2012 Portugal Masters, 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, 2019 Open Championship
He won the Irish Open as an amateur? Yep. What a week it was in County Louth as a then 22-year-old Lowry edged out Robert Rock in a play-off. Because Lowry couldn't pick up the winner's cheque, Rock got paid as the champion anyway! Handy for him. Lowry was only the third amateur ever to win a European Tour event after Pablo Martin (2007) and Danny Lee (2009). He turned professional the week after so there would be no more missing big pay-days!
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What was his best major finish before Portursh? In the 2016 US Open, Lowry was four shots clear going into the final round of a rain-interrupted event. He finished his third round early on Sunday morning, birdieing two of his final four holes. However, the break didn't do him any favours as when he went back out for round four, he could only shoot a 76 to finish tied second behind Dustin Johnson. It was his best major performance.....until Sunday, when there was no repeat of spurning a four shot 54-hole lead.
What about his overall Open record? An Irishman who has won the Irish Open, you might think he is adept at links golf. His Open record suggest different until Royal Portrush, having missed his last previous cuts. There is an impressive T9th finish in 2014 at Hoylake.
He has a caddy from Northern Ireland? Yes, it's Bo Martin, a former Club Champion at Ardglass. He's actually Cormac Sharvin's uncle and, as Lowry said, has been key to his rise to Open Champion.
What's his Tour play-off record? One from one. That 2009 Irish Open decider is the only he's playing on Tour. He won it on the third sudden death hole. Of course, this week it would be a little different with a three-hole play-off; up the par four first, par three 13th and par four 18th.
What about his amateur career? Two years before the Irish Open win, he was crowned Irish Amateur Close Champion. That kicked him on to bigger things and, after losing in the North of Ireland Amateur Championship final to Gareth Shaw in 2007, he went one better in 2008 by beating Andrew Morris. That year, he also added the West of Ireland title and won the Mullingar Scratch Cup.
He has a famous father? He sure does. His dad Brendan Lowry is another Offaly sporting hero, having helped the county to the 1982 All Ireland title.
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