Irish golfer Shane Lowry had his fair share of diehard supporters in Portrush over the weekend as he clinched his first-ever major championship with victory at The Open.
In front of the Irish faithful, 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.
One of Lowry’s biggest fans however who wasn’t at Portrush but still had a keen eye on Sunday’s action was the Offaly man’s grandmother Emily Scanlon.
Mrs Scanlon spoke to RTE News at one and outlined that she celebrated her grandson’s victory with her first brandy in ten years following Sunday’s round.
“I drank two yesterday, it’s nearly killing me.”
“But it’s great,” she added., “It’s great being able to see all of this happen.”
“It gave our little town a great boost, which was needed, because there’s so much doom and gloom going on.
“I am a very proud granny. It’s great to live to see all of this happen.”
'I hadn't drank a brandy since 2009 – drank two yesterday, it's nearly killing me.' Shane Lowry’s grandmother speaks of a proud day pic.twitter.com/qqgCBRifNC
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She also told a brilliant anecdote about one of Lowry’s first successes; victory in the Mullingar Scratch Cup, which caused his grandfather to compare him to Tiger Woods.
“He came home [after winning the cup] and I was shouting at him, saying get out there and bring me in a bucket of turf.
“He said: You won’t see Tiger Woods bringing in turf. You know, he thought he was Tiger Woods when he won the Mullingar Scratch Cup.”
Lowry along with his family and friends will likely continue their celebrations into this week following the Offaly natives incredible triumph at Royal Portrush.