Shane Lowry wins the 148th Golf Open
Shane Lowry is the 32-year-old Champion Golfer of the Year on its return to Royal Portrush. Lowry wins by 6 shots. Fleetwood second. Lowry won the Claret Jug (The Golf Champion Trophy) and for the next 12 months can call himself Champion Golfer of the Year. The Irishman had a brilliant performance at Royal Portrush to seal at The 148th Open bringing a party atmosphere, with chants and pop songs reverberated around the Dunluce Links. Lowry had a scintillating Saturday that put the in control, before celebrations ratcheted up a notch after he sealed victory on Sunday. With his six-stroke victory over Tommy Fleetwood, he became just the fourth player in the last 50 years – after Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods – to clinch his first major by more than five shots. Shane Lowry’s declared he enjoyed himself a lot, “It is huge for Irish golf and big for Irish sport. I am a huge sports fan and I think there are people back home who watched golf, that have never watched it before”
Molinari finishes Claret Jug defense in style on 18th after a wonderful year with his famous two-shot victory at Carnoustie, as the first Italian major winner. He assessed “It’s been an interesting week. Obviously it gave me a sense of closure coming back and defending and getting the week done and I’m happy the way I played today.” “Hopefully next time I’ll be mentally more ready to defend another major. My preparation was really good. In a way that harmed me because the expectation went up.” “So this week, from that point of view, was a new challenge because I never defended a major title before and making the cut was massive, I would say.