Lowry wins The Open Championship

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry

Ireland's Shane Lowry won his first Grand Slam champion as he held his nerve in a Sunday battle with Tommy Fleetwood of England at The 148th Open in Royal Portrush. "Rain, wind, difficult. Whoever gets to do it, they will be called a champion".

"This feels like an out-of-body experience", said the 32-year-old. Every time I hit the ball I just want to hole it just so I can hear the roar again. Look at the names on it. "So I suppose when the people around you really believe in you, it helps you an terrible lot".

"I think the people around me really believed that I could, which helped me an bad lot".

What started as a four-shot lead for Lowry could've been reduced to one in a flash.

"Fourteen was a killer blow." said Fleetwood. "I didn't do a good enough job of sort of pressing at that point". For Lowry to battle the conditions and the emotions of the moment and finish with a 72 was impressive, bringing a celebratory conclusion to the story of the weekend at Royal Portrush.

Tony Finau persevered through hard conditions Sunday, moving up to third place in the British Open and matching the best finish in a major golf tournament for a Utah high school graduate in 88 years. "I will say this is proper Open Championship weather to become a champion".

"I said to my caddie walking down the last, "I can't believe this is me, this is mine".

"There are very few times in golf when you are in this position, it is just great when it happens".

Neither of the final pair were ever under any pressure from the chasing pack as they dropped further back in the rough conditions.

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Westwood ultimately finished in a tie for fourth with world number one Brooks Koepka at six under, with Tony Finau one shot better off in third after a level-par 71.

Lowry famously threw away a final day lead of four strokes at the US Open in Oakmont three years ago.

Tony Finau, the American, came third on -7, with Brooks Koepka, the victor of this year's PGA Championship and Masters, sharing fourth on -6 with Westwood.

"I think the players got sunshine, they got flat calm, they got a bit of breeze from different directions and they got a little Portrush Armageddon, " said McDowell, who shot a 77 and finished 4 over.

After he shot 3-over to finish the tournament 6-under, nine shots behind the victor, Ireland's Shane Lowry, Koepka did not blame Holmes for own disappointing play.

His success owed much to a fantastic eight-under 63 on Saturday when the glorious conditions were in stark contrast to the heavy downpours and high winds that greeted the leaders the following day.

Westwood registered his 12th top-five finish in a major, but is still yet to win one as he slipped back from 10-under after 10 holes.

However, J.B. Holmes, who led at the halfway stage with Lowry and started the day in third, endured a horrendous day as the American shot a 16-over 87 to tumble down to 67th.

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