Shane Lowry turns Carnoustie tears into triumph at Royal Portrush
A year after being reduced to tears by the state of his game at Carnoustie, Shane Lowry claimed his first major title in commanding fashion in the 148th Open at Royal Portrush.
Roared on by a sell-out crowd undeterred by the miserable conditions, Lowry carded a closing 72 to become the fifth Irish player to lift the Claret Jug after Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy.
The 32-year-old from Offaly finished 15 under par, six shots ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood, with American Tony Finau two strokes further back in third.
World number one Brooks Koepka, who was attempting to become the first player in the modern era to finish in the top two in all four majors in a calendar year, had to settle for a share of fourth with Lee Westwood, a result which secured the 46-year-old a first Masters appearance since 2017 next April.
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Courtesy: ANI. Use within 24hrs - no archive. Max 3 mins per day. Online only.Rory McIlroy says he 'feels good' as he attempts to win his first Masters. TheNorthern Irishman also said he has worked on his swing in the months beforethe tournament at Augusta National.
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Dustin Johnson felt he was still dreaming after being presented with his greenjacket for winning the Masters by defending champion Tiger Woods. Johnsonrecovered from a somewhat shaky start to card a final round of 68 at AugustaNational and win his second major title by five shots from Cameron Smith andSungjae Im. The world number one’s winning total of 20 under par set a newtournament record, beating the previous best of 18 under set by Woods in 1997and equalled by Jordan Spieth in 2015.
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Almost 600 days have passed since Tiger Woods won his 15th major title but thepassing of time has done little to suppress the emotion of that incredibleMasters triumph. “I’m still getting chills just thinking about it,” Woods saidin his pre-tournament press conference. “(The) feelings, coming up 18 andknowing that all I have to do is just two putt that little 15 footer and tosee my family there and my mom and my kids and all of the people that helpedsupport me or were there for me in the tough times. “And I was walking upthere trying not to lose it, and still saying, ‘hey, I’ve still got to twoputt this’.” Woods said at the time he relished the way his life had come“full circle” after celebrating his long-awaited victory with his children atAugusta National.
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Open Championship winner Shane Lowry says he is not ready to return to the celebrations in his home town after clinching his first major at Royal Portrush. The golfer will be visiting Clara tonight to..
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