21 Jul 19
Shane Lowry celebrated his victory at The Open (Picture: Getty)
Shane Lowry claimed his first major championship with a six-shot victory on 15 under at The Open.
The Irishman held a four-shot lead going into the final round and kept his composure in challenging conditions to shoot a one-over 72.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood finished second on nine under.
‘This feels like an out-of-body experience,’ Lowry, 32, said.
Lowry clinched his maiden major championship victory (Picture: Getty)
‘I can’t wait to wake up on Monday morning and find out what it’s going to feel like then. It’s just going to be incredible.’
Lowry became the sixth Irishman to win a major championship, following in the footsteps of Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke.
McDowell, reacting to Lowry’s victory at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush, said: ‘I couldn’t be more proud of you, Shane.
‘I always knew you had it in you. You’re an unbelievable player. You’re a great ambassador for the Irish game and the European game.
“Shane, I couldn’t be more proud of you – see you for a pint!”
🎥 via @Graeme_McDowell pic.twitter.com/NyBz1o0oga
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 21, 2019
‘Enjoy yourself. Hopefully see you soon for a pint. So proud of you. Love you bro.’
Former European Ryder Cup captain, Thomas Bjorn, added: ‘There is not much to say except, Shane, you were amazing this week!
‘I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching The Open as much as this one.’
Lowry, meanwhile, added: ‘I suppose I talked to my caddie Bo a lot today, I said ‘I cannot stop thinking about winning, holding the claret jug’.
‘He just said, ‘stay focused’, and what a job he did today. I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow and feel what it feels like it is phenomenal.’
To shoot 72 (+1) in those conditions with the pressure of trying to win @TheOpen and your first major is so impressive!! Big congrats @ShaneLowryGolf Champion golfer of the year 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🏆
— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 21, 2019
There is not much to say except..@ShaneLowryGolf You were amazing this week!!I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching an @TheOpen as much as this one.☘️☘️☘️
— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 21, 2019
Fill that Claret Jug with Guinness immediately!!! Congrats @ShaneLowryGolf – what a win🏆 #championgolferoftheyear
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) July 21, 2019
Big congratulations to Irishman @ShaneLowryGolf on winning his first major at The Open today.To win it, and to do so on Irish soil, the first time the event has been held here, has got to feel DAMN good!Never underestimate an Irishman on home soil!Congrats my man 🇮🇪
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 21, 2019
Congratulations to @ShaneLowryGolf on winning The Open Championship. A truly wondrous and seemingly nerveless performance in front of his home supporters. Incredible scenes. What a triumph. What a day for Ireland. Well played. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 21, 2019