Lowry claims first golf major at The Open

July 22, 2019 - 7:33 am

Shane Lowry had his name engraved on the famous Claret Jug on Sunday after winning the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Lowry's win was his first career win at a major championship, and second in a PGA Tour event.

Coming off a stellar third round, in which he shot 8-under par and went bogey-free, Lowry carried a four-stroke lead over Tommy Fleetwood heading into the final round.

Lowry started the final round with a bogey on the first hole, but was able to recover with birdies in three of the next seven holes on the front nine. On the back nine, Lowry hit two bogeys, but he sealed the deal with an eight-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to put him at 1-over for the day and 15-under overall.

Fleetwood finished second at 9-under par. The closest he came to Lowry's lead was four strokes at the start of the first round, but was derailed multiple bogeys, including a double bogey on the 14th hole.

Tony Finau ended up finishing third in the tournament after shooting 7-under par.

Coming into the 2019 Open Championship, Lowry had missed the cut in the previous four Open Championships. Coupled with the standard unfriendly playing conditions at The Open, Lowry managed to push through adverse conditions to win it.

Other players weren't able to overcome the rough playing conditions this past weekend. J.B. Holmes shot an 87 in the final round after leading the tournament at 5-under through the first round. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy - the most prominent native of Northern Ireland on the tour - all missed the cut.

Despite McIlroy's absence in the final two rounds, fans at Royal Portrush were still treated to an emotional victory. Lowry grew up just four hours away in Mullingar, Ireland.

The season comes to an end with the 2019 PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia starting on August 22.

The next golf major will come in 2020 with The Masters starting on April 9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

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