Winner’s Circle: Shane Lowry Unites Irish Fans With Open Title

Shane Lowry Wins 148th Open Championship
Shane Lowry celebrates winning the Open championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 21, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Charles McQuillan/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Due to years of domestic warring between loyalists (UK) and nationalists (Ireland), The Open hadn’t been played in Northern Ireland since 1951. So it was fitting to have a native son of the South raise the Claret Jug on the North’s most iconic course, cheered on by fans from all across the island.

Shane Lowry, of county Offaly, shot a final-round 72 to win the 2019 Open Championship by six strokes.

Lowry finished his final day at a wet and windy Royal Portrush with five bogeys against four birdies to finish at 15-under par 269, six shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood (74).

It was Lowry’s maiden major title, and second career PGA Tour victory.


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Pro-File

Nationality: Ireland
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 225 lb
Birthdate: April 2, 1987 (age 32)
Native: Mullingar, County Westmeath
Resides: Clara, County Offaly
Primary Sponsor: Srixon/Cleveland

Final Top 5: Open Championship

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Shane Lowry -15 (+1)
2. Tommy Fleetwood -9 (+3)
3. Tony Finau -7 (E)
4. Lee Westwood -6 (+2)
4. Brooks Koepka -6 (+3)


Lowry: Early Round Positioning

ROUND 1

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 1)
1. J.B. Holmes 66 (-5)
2. Shane Lowry 67 (-4)
3. 13 players 68 (-3)

ROUND 2

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
1. J.B. Holmes -8 (-3)
1. Shane Lowry -8 (-4)
3. Tommy Fleetwood -7 (-4)
3. Lee Westwood -7 (-4)

ROUND 3

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Shane Lowry -16 (-8)
2. Tommy Fleetwood -12 (-5)
3. J.B. Holmes -10 (-2)


Shane Lowry’s Winning Numbers

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
Topline Stats:

Driving: 320.0 yards (53rd)
Fairways: 35/56, 62.5% (44th)
Greens: 57/72, 79.17% (1st)
Putts: 1.62 (43rd)

Scoring:

Par-3: -4 (4 Birdies, 12 Pars)
Par-4: -7 (15 Birdies, 21 Pars, 8 Bogeys)
Par-5: -4 (4 Birdies, 8 Pars)
Total: -15 (23 Birdies, 41 Pars, 8 Bogeys)


WITB: Shane Lowry

Driver: Srixon Z 585 (9.5°)
3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (15°)
Driving Irons: Srixon Z U85 (18°, 21°)
Irons: Srixon Z 585 (4, 5); Z 785 (6-PW)
Gap Wedge: Cleveland RTX 4 (50˚)
Sand/Lob Wedge: Cleveland RTX 4 (58˚)
Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Exo 2-Ball
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White
Hat: Srixon/Cleveland


Video: Shane Lowry Wins


Lowry’s 2019 Season

Starts: 11
Missed Cuts: 5
Wins: 1 (Open Championship)
Addtl Top 10s: 3
Money Earned: $3,444,879 (16th)
FedExCup Pts: 1,137 (18th)
World Rank Before/After: 33/17

Lowry’s Victories

PGA Tour: 2
2019 Open Championship
2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

European Tour: 5
2019 Open Championship
2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2012 Portugal Masters
2009 Irish Open


Points & Money

The victory earned Lowry $1,935,000 and 600 FedExCup points, along with 100 world-ranking points. He will move inside the top 20 on the PGA Tour’s money and points lists, and will move from No. 33 to 17th in the Official World Golf Rankings – tying his all-time best position.


Quotable

Shane Lowry Wins 148th Open Championship
Shane Lowry celebrates with his wife Wendy Honner and their daughter Iris after his victory at the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 21, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images
On His Daughter Iris

“Those pictures are everything. My wife knew that no matter what, she should be there because had I lost she would console me.”
Shane Lowry


Credit: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images


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