& # 039; I grew up with putts around the Open & # 039; – Lowry & # 039; s Portrush victory makes childhood dream come true

Posted by on July 21, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

The moment Shane Lowry won the Open

The 148th Open Championship – final-round leaderboard-15 S Lowry (Ire); -9 T. Fleetwood (Eng); -7 T Finau (US); -6 L Westwood (Eng), B Koepka (USA); -5 R MacIntyre (Sco), T Hatton (Eng), D Willett (Eng), R Fowler (USA); -4 P Reed (US) Other selected: -3 F Molinari (Ita), T Lewis (Eng), J Thomas (US), J Rahm (Spa); -1 L Oosthuizen (SA), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), J Spieth (USA), J Rose (Eng); +2 R Knox (Sco), M Kuchar (USA); +3 B Watson (US); + 4 P Casey (Eng), G McDowell (NI); +5 J Furyk (US); +6 JB Holmes (USA)

Shane Lowry says he realized a childhood dream when he claimed his first major by winning The Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

The Irishman, 32, finished 15 par to win by six shots of Tommy Fleetwood from England amidst a raw atmosphere on the Dunluce links.

Lowry was followed by wind, rain and heavy storms by thousands of fans roaring at him to lift the Claret Jug

"I grew up with putts to win The Open. It was always The Open, "he said.

"It's just unbelievable to sit here with the trophy in front of me. I couldn't believe it happened."

World number 33 had said after the sparkling course of Saturday 8- under-par 63, which saw him take a four-shot lead to Sunday, that he went to bed "thinking of keeping the Claret Jug".

However, he revealed that he was struggling to sleep and think about what lay ahead of him at night.

Three years ago he had the same advantage until the last day at the US Open but dropped out when the American Dustin Johnson won in Oakmont.

He admitted that before the round he did not believe he could win a major and could not relax until the job was almost finished

The two holes that Lowry & # 39; s Open triumph sealed

"I hit my tee shot at 18 and I knew I was home and shot," added Lowry, who says that the Claret Jug will live on his kitchen table.

"I knew I would have to fight to the end, and I did. I thought about it at 17, enjoy it. But you still hit shots. It's left wave, there are bunkers, rough, all kinds of things can happen.

"I really let myself enjoy 18. It was incredible. The crowd went wildly singing "ole ole". I couldn't believe it happened to me.

"I tried to let it soak as much as possible. It was difficult because it was a very surreal experience to go down."

] Lowry was welcomed by fans from all over the island and says that many friends made the last-minute trip from the Republic of Ireland to see him when it became clear that he would take the lead in the final round.

"It's huge for Irish golf, it's great for Irish sport, people will have seen golf that has never seen golf," he said.

"I am home now. To be able to win the home where it was was so easy for people to make the journey up to look at me, to be able to go and celebrate with the locals just very nice. "

& # 39; It & # 39; s his to lose & # 39; – Lowry is in the lead after & # 39; exquisite & # 39; chip to set up birdie

Now he wants to use his maiden's great success as a springboard to be picked for Europe to record the United States during next year's Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

"All you want to do is back up your success," said Lowry. "In the short term I will enjoy this.

" My big goal killers remain the same and that is to go on the plane to Whistling Straits next year – hopefully that will be accompanied by a few wins the way. "

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