‘It’s so surreal’ – Shane Lowry reflects on maiden major win after storming to Open glory


Lowry revealed after his six-shot victory over England’s Tommy Fleetwood he had broken down following a fourth successive Open missed cut last year.

But after closing out an historic win on home soil to make it five Open winners from the island of Ireland in the last 13 years he was ecstatic.

“I feel like I am in an out of body experience,” said the 32-year-old. “I can’t believe this has happened to me. It’s so surreal.

“I sat in the car park at Carnoustie this time last year and I cried. Golf wasn’t my friend. What a difference a year makes.

“Now look. I’m sat here now the Open champion and I just can’t believe it.

“After six or seven holes I told Bo, my caddie, that I couldn’t stop thinking about winning and holding the Claret Jug but he stayed on my back and kept talking in my ear. What a job he did today.

“I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and see what I feel like. It’s just going to be incredible.”

It was the biggest margin of victory in a Major since Rory McIlroy’s eight-shot US Open victory at Congressional in 2011 and was achieved in the most testing of conditions with a level-par 71 in the final round.

“It was difficult out there – the weather was so hard and I wasn’t going great in the middle of the round – but then I had a look around and I could see everyone else struggling,” said Lowry.

“It turned into a two-horse race between Tommy and I which was good for me I think and I just tried to focus on staying as far ahead of Tommy as I could.

“My mum and dad sacrificed so much for me when I was younger and I’m so happy I can hand them this trophy.

“To be able to go out and celebrate with the local people is amazing. I’m going to enjoy this. There’s no doubt about that.”


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