On Sunday, Irish golfer Shane Lowry celebrated his first-ever victory in a major championship as he stormed to a six-shot win at The Open Championship in Portrush.
In front of the Irish fans, Lowry played some sensational golf throughout the four days of the tournament, with his scintillating display on Saturday, which saw him set a new record at the new course in Portrush and shoot a -8, 63, the highlight of the weekend.
The Offaly native managed to hold off the challenge of his playing partner Tommy Fleetwood on Sunday and clinch the claret jug for the first time in his career – 10 years on from his astonishing victory at the Irish Open as an amateur in Co Louth.
Lowry’s victory was one of the most heartwarming Irish sporting moments in recent memory with thousands of fans in attendance in Antrim as well as countless watching at home showing their unwavering support for the 32-year-old who has long been one of the country’s favourite sportspeople.
Understandably, the celebrations for Lowry went on long into the night and it appeared as though Sky Sports analyst and 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem was correct when he said that the Clara man wouldn’t be getting any sleep following his historic victory.
Lowry’s celebrations included a brilliant rendition of Irish favourite “The Fields of Athenry” as he and the claret jug led the crowd in the sing-song as a toast to his tremendous victory.
— Bernard Flynn (@bernardflynn15) July 22, 2019
We suspect that this won’t be the last of the celebrations considering the incredible achievement of the Offaly native.