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Rory McIlroy Shares Heartfelt Post Following Shane Lowry’s Open Victory

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It wasn’t quite the weekend Rory McIlroy would have hoped for at the Open Championship in Portrush.

The world number four and old course record holder in Co. Antrim was the pre-tournament favourite heading into the weekend as he looked to clinch his first major championship in almost five years.

Despite McIlroy’s affinity for the course, from the moment he shanked his tee shot on the first, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be his weekend.

The 30-year old had a disastrous opening round shooting a +8 which included triple bogeys on the first and the 18th as he struggled for any sort of flow throughout Thursday.

Seemingly out of contention already, McIlroy rallied on the Friday shooting a hugely impressive -6 but his difficulties the previous day left him too big of a mountain to climb as he missed the cut on +2.

“Part of me is very disappointed not to be here for the weekend,” said an emotional McIlroy following the missed cut, clearly devastated at how his opening round had gone.

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McIlroy though was keen to show his support for his friend Shane Lowry and when the Offaly native claimed the claret jug following a tremendous display over the four days in Portrush, the Holywood native was quick to congratulate him via a post on Instagram.

“Even though last week wasn’t the week I had envisaged for myself, I couldn’t be happier and more proud of @shanelowrygolf. How he handled everything over the weekend…. emotions, nerves and conditions tells you everything I’ve gotten to know about him over the past 15 years. 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year! Enjoy some good stuff out of the Claret Jug!”

Although it wasn’t to be for McIlroy it’s great to see him show his support for a fellow Irish golfer following Lowry’s success.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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