Rory McIlroy has expressed his delight that long-time friend, Shane Lowry, won’t be present at this weekend’s WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis as the Offaly man continues celebrating his Open Championship success.
Lowry won the 148th Open on Sunday by six shots on Sunday to spark major celebrations throughout the country. Footage emerged of the Offaly man singing songs on Sunday night in Dublin before visiting the famed pub, The Boar’s Head on Monday followed by a homecoming to his native Clara on Tuesday which was attended by no less than 20,000 people.
Ahead of this weekend’s tournament in Memphis, McIlroy informed the media that Lowry had texted him on Friday night after failing to make the cut in Portrush.
“He text me on Friday night and gave me a couple of words of encouragement and said, ‘I’ll see you in Memphis’,” said McIlroy.
“And I said, ‘Well, I hope I don’t see you in Memphis because hopefully you’re still drinking out of the Claret Jug’ and that obviously came to fruition, so that was nice.”
McIlroy then revealed his delight at Lowry’s victory.
The golf star says that Lowry will forever be a national hero following his win on Sunday.
“I text him straight after [his victory] and I sort of said to him, ‘It’s going to change your life’. You saw when he went to his hometown and the amount of people that came out to see him. It’s a life-changer. Especially doing it there at Portrush, he’s going to be a national hero for the rest of his life.
“I said to him, ‘We’re going to go out for dinner in New York during the Northern Trust [in August]. We’ll have some celebratory drinks. I’m so happy for him. It’s always great to see friends do so well.
“With Shane winning, it was a fairytale ending. It was a great showcase for our country and from what I’m hearing hopefully The Open will go back to Portrush in hopefully the next eight to 10 years.”