3 Questions for Champion Golfer of the Year Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry Wins 148th Open Championship
Shane Lowry looks at the names on the Claret Jug during a press conference after winning The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

With a final-round 72, Shane Lowry claimed a six-shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood at the 2019 Open Championship.

Lowry finished his four rounds up “North” at Royal Portrush on 15-under par to secure his first career major trophy, and second PGA Tour title. The victory earned the 32-year old Republic of Ireland native $1,930,000 and 600 FedExCup points, along with 100 Official World Golf Rankings points.

Afterwards, an emotional Lowry met with the media to discuss his life-changing victory. Here a few pulls from the back and forth.


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Walking Down 18

Shane Lowry Wins 148th Open Championship
Shane Lowry and caddie Bo Martin acknowledge the crowd as they approach the 18th green during the final round of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 21, 2019 in Northern Ireland. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

What was it like walking down the 18th hole…

Shane Lowry: “I knew I was home and hosed down 18. I let myself enjoy it and it was incredible walking down 18, they were singing and going mad. I could not believe it was happening to me.

“I spotted my family when I walked around the corner to have a look at the green and I welled up a little bit. I still had to play a decent shot but luckily I did.”

“I still can’t believe it. This is not going to sink in for a few days. Walking down 18 I could not believe this was happening to me. I feel like I am in an out-of-body experience. I was so calm.”


Renewed Career Commitment

Shane Lowry Wins 148th Open Championship
Shane Lowry celebrates a birdie on the 15th hole during the final round of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 21, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

Can you talk about the journey of missing the cut last year at Carnoustie to winning the trophy this year?

Shane Lowry: “I sat in the car park in Carnoustie on Thursday, almost a year ago right to this week, and I cried. Golf wasn’t my friend at the time. It was something that had become very stressful, and it was weighing on me and I just didn’t like doing it.

“I suppose I didn’t even know going out this morning if I was good enough to win a major.

“I just went out there and tried to give it my best. And look, I’m here now, a major champion. I can’t believe I’m saying it, to be honest.

“It’s just incredible to be sitting here with a trophy in front of me. Look at the names on it.”


Celebrating With Daughter

Shane Lowry Wins 148th Open Championship
Open Champion Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates with the Claret Jug, wife Wendy and daughter Iris on the 18th green at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 21, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

How important to have your daughter on hand after winning?

Shane Lowry: “Those pictures are everything. We have one from Abu Dhabi this year, and we’re going to have another one. My wife knew no matter what to have her there waiting for me because if things didn’t go to plan, at least she would have consoled me a little bit.

“To have her there, winning, obviously it’s very special.

“I’m going to be coming back on another 27 Opens to play. She’s going to be nearly 30 when I play my last one. That’s going to be nice.

“Look, I’ll be able to show her, she’ll be able to see those pictures in years to come.”


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