At age 32, Irishman Shane Lowry can finally say he has won a major. Lowry, a 10-year veteran, captured the eyes and hearts of every person at Royal Portrush en route to winning the Open Championship last weekend. Here’s a recap of his victory, as well as a couple of other notes from the Open.
Lowry Shoots -15 To Win
On a weekend that saw guys like Rory McIlroy miss the cut, Lowry was dialed in from the start. He shot back-to-back 67s before heading to the weekend tied for first with J.B. Holmes.
But Saturday is when Lowry made his move. He doubled his score, shooting an 8-under 63. That put him at 197, a 54-hole scoring record at the Open, beating the previous mark of 198 by Tom Lehman in 1996. After Saturday, Lowry held a four-stroke lead over second-place Tommy Fleetwood and six strokes over Holmes.
On Sunday, the rain and wind affected most of the field, and scores suffered as a result. However, Lowry calmed down his nerves after an early bogey to finish the day 1-over, giving him a score of 15-under 269 for the tournament. Fleetwood dropped three strokes on the day to finish alone in second place at 9-under, while Tony Finau came in with a third-place 7-under score.
The win gives Lowry his first major victory and fifth professional win overall. His only other PGA Tour win came in 2015 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His other victories were part of the European Tour: The Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, the Portugal Masters in 2012, and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January of this year.
After being among the leaders for most of the Open Championship, you have to scroll a long way down the leaderboard before you find where J.B. Holmes finished. After being tied for the lead with Lowry after cut day and sitting at 10-under after Saturday, Holmes shot a remarkable 87 on Sunday, 16-over par, to drop him all the way down to 6-over for the tournament and a T67 finish.
The American Holmes started off his round with a double-bogey, then bogeyed four out of the next eight holes to have a score of +5 through nine holes. Then disaster struck, as Holmes triple-bogeyed 11 and then doubled the next hole. A couple more bogeys and a double on 18 would put him at +16 for the day.
While Holmes’ troubles certainly stand out, he was hardly the only golfer to have a miserable Sunday. Jordan Spieth shot +6 to fall to 1-under for the tournament. Justin Rose could’ve finished in the top three but shot +8 to finish T20 along with Spieth. Others like Xander Schauffele (+7) and Matt Kuchar (+8) let the elements get the better of them, resulting in both of them finishing 2-over for the tournament and tying for 41st.
The next event up on the PGA Tour is the new WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. The first round will tee off on Thursday at TPC Southwind in Memphis.