“My family. What can I say?”
Shane Lowry had a lot of people to thank following his victory at the Open on Sunday afternoon, and was understandably almost reduced to tears doing so.
Lowry blitzed the course at Royal Portrush, setting a new course record with an incredible 63 on Saturday.
He finished on 15 under, six shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood in second place, to claim his first major – 10 years after he won the Irish Open as an amateur.
After lifting the famous Claret Jug, Lowry gave an emotional speech on the 18th green.
The Offaly-man thanked his support team, his parents, his wife and daughter and the fans who had backed over the weekend in County Antrim.
“I want to thank my coach Neil, my caddie Bo, my management. I definitely wouldn’t be standing here without them,” he began.
“My family. What can I say?” At that point, Lowry appeared overwhelmed and took a moment to compose himself.
“My mum and dad. You sacrificed so much for me when I was younger and I’m so happy I can hand them this trophy tonight.
“My wife and my little girl Iris – to have them here today is just that extra bit special. I don’t know what to say.
“Last but not least, all the volunteers and the fans. Thank you so much. This one is for you.”
You can watch Lowry’s speech here:
"My mum and dad – they've sacrificed so much for me and I'm so happy I can hand them this trophy tonight."#TheOpen reaction live on Sky Sports The Open or follow online here: https://t.co/OHN23OPuVc pic.twitter.com/JVLc9UCYzh
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