Shane Lowry’s win of the British Open is one of those moments written in history as one of the most memorable for Ireland. Understandably the congratulations were streaming in from all sporting corners. For this man played with the pressure of entire Ireland watching his back, and he didn’t dare to disappoint. He was now one of only four other Irishmen ever to hold the Claret jug.
His First Major Cup
When the 32-year-old entered the final round, he had a four-shot lead over his nearest contender, Tommy Fleetwood, representing England. He managed to parlay that into a six-shot win. In addition to that, he closed on 1-over-par 72 and posted 15-under 269 totals.
For the first three days he was playing immaculately, yet the weather didn’t play along. Heavy rains and high winds were bantering the links course set on the Antrim coast. At specific periods Lowry had to refocus himself again to get back into the game, but he regained his play and continued to lead Ireland to victory.
Even more important is that he managed to carry the hope for Ireland forward. His victory came with great jubilation from the crowds and marshals had difficulty to maintain fans and keeping them off the greens. Irish flags were flapping in the groups as they chanted the name of this humble man. A win for Ireland on Irish soil has never tasted as sweet.
Feeling the Stress of Playing In Front of a Home Crowd
Lowry admitted afterwards to feeling the pressure and acknowledging that it already stems him uncomfortable to play in front of a home crowd. He remained focused and humble throughout the entire tournament, and things worked out into his favour. Winning the British Open is more than the prize money of $1 935 000 but also becoming the number one player in the European Tour’s Race towards Dubai. After the bitter loss last year, the 2019 British Cup is sure a sweet victory.
An Internationally Known Family
Lowry was born into a family of sporting success. His family from Ferbane have achieved great success in Gaelic football. Both his father, Brendan and two uncles, Mick and Sean, have been successful in winning All-Ireland medals in 1982. They played for Offaly. Brendan Lowry was also an All-Star winner in 1981 as the best left-corner forward in Ireland.
Lowry expressed his hopes that this win is more than a personal success for him, but indeed one which will carry Ireland into victory with their bid to host the Ryder Cup 2026. Currently, the challenge is on between Europe and the United States, although it seems that Adare Manor might be slightly ahead. With the latest Irish victory, the hope is to strengthen the belief in Ireland’s capabilities to bring the Ryder Cup to the Irish soil. Having Lowry and other great Irish players teeing off at Adare would be a momentous day in Irish sports history.