Shane Lowry has rocketed up the world golf rankings following his victory at The Open.
The Offaly man won his first major in style at Royal Portrush, finishing 15 under for the weekend, six shots ahead of second-place Tommy Fleetwood.
Lowry effectively had one hand on the Claret Jug after his performance on Saturday. The 32-year-old blitzed the course, and the rest of the playing field, when setting a new course record with an incredible round of 63.
He held his nerve on Sunday to claim a famous victory in County Antrim. Lowry was cheered on by the crowd in attendance, and it would be difficult to find a more popular champion.
Lowry takes home the Claret Jug and a cheque for €1.7m. His ranking has also taken a healthy bump.
Going into the weekend’s play at Royal Portrush, Lowry was 68th in the FedEx rankings. He is now in 18th place in the FedEx rankings.
Lowry was ranked 33rd in world rankings last week but is now in 17th place – the highest ranking of his career.
There are other perks to winning such a prestigious tournament. Lowry now has a playing exemption at The Open until he turns 60 – so he is guaranteed a place in the tournament until 2047.
He has PGA Tour exemption for the next five years, European Tour exemption for the next 10 years and will receive invitations to The Masters, The US PGA, US Open and the Players’ Championship for the next five years.
Lowry’s new ranking of 17 is a career-high. He was previously ranked 19th in the world back in 2015 when he won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.