Shane Lowry celebrates Open triumph by belting out Irish anthems in Dublin pub and sleeping with Claret Jug

22 Jul

Shane Lowry celebrated in style following his first major triumph at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

The Irishman completed a fairytale success in Northern Ireland as huge crowds roared him on to a stunning six-shot victory on Sunday, sparking incredible scenes on the 18th green.

Lowry sealed the biggest win of his career on Sunday
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But the celebrations did not stop there, with Padraig Harrington revealing that Lowry and his pals ‘drank all the beer’ in the players’ lounge before travelling back to Dublin.

Videos have since emerged of the newly-crowned Champion Golfer of the Year continuing the festivities at 37 Dawson Street, belting out an upbeat rendition of ‘Fields of Athenry’ while hoisting aloft the Claret Jug.

And it seems Lowry is yet to let it out of his sight.

The 32-year-old posted a snap of himself waking up alongside the 147-year-old trophy on Instagram, with a caption reading: “I pulled last night”.

Lowry has already cancelled plans to play in this week’s WGC-St Jude Invitational in Memphis so he can stay at home and celebrate.

The party continued on Monday afternoon as the Irishman, along with a huge crowd of friends and family, trophy in hand, descended on Dublin’s Boar’s Head pub.

Ann Hourican, who owns the pub, told PA she is delighted to have Lowry and his team in her bar to celebrate.

“We had it organised before so it wasn’t sprung on us or anything like that,” she said.

“Shane has been in a few times before and he’s a good country man, being from Offaly, and we’re from Cavan, so he knew the pub was owned by country people.”

Lowry’s Instagram post on Monday morning
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Despite rumours Lowry had partied through the night and turned up in the same clothes on Monday, Ms Hourican said the golfer was very presentable.

“Oh no, he’s been home and showered and changed and I think he’s had some sleep too so he’s ready for the day again,” she said.

“We’re delighted for him and so proud of him.

The party does not show any signs of stopping

“He’s just handed over the cup and allowed all the punters to have their pictures taken with it, and all his friends are here and they’re so lovely.

“We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

The Open 2019: Shane Lowry holds off Tommy Fleetwood to claim first major at Royal Portrush

21 Jul

Ireland’s Shane Lowry held his nerve on the final day at Royal Portrush to win the 148th Open Championship and claim his first career Major.

the 32-year-old held off the challenge of Englishman Tommy Fleetwood in severe weather conditions on Sunday in Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates on the 18th

Lowry was cheered on by a partisan crowd and his lead never looked under any real threat after opening up a four-shot lead going into the final day by shooting a course-record 63 on Saturday.

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The Open 2019: Shane Lowry sets Royal Portrush course record as he goes into final round four shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood

20 Jul

Shane Lowry takes a four shot lead into the final round of The Open after a scintillating round of 63 at Royal Portrush on Saturday.

The Irishman broke the course record with an eight-under-par round to have a commanding lead over the rest of the field.

Shane Lowry leads The Open by four shots
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Lowry came close to equalling the record for lowest round at a major championship but missed his birdie chance on the 18th hole.

Tommy Fleetwood is in second place with a round of 66 to take him to 12-under-par.

It is not the first time Lowry has taken a four shot lead going into the final round of a major.

Tommy Fleetwood is in second place at Royal Portrush
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At the 2016 U.S Open, he led Dustin Johnson by four shots but faded in the final round as the American won the title.

Shane Lowry told Sky Sports: “I’m still a bit fuzzy. I just really enjoyed today. Obviously I played great golf, the crowd were incredible and I just felt so comfortable. I know there’s a tough 24 hours ahead of me but there’s nowhere I’d rather be.

“I said to my caddie walking off 17 that the next half an hour, we might never experience it again so let’s enjoy it.

“It was one of the most incredible days of my life.

“I hope I am going to be able to deal with it but I think I’m ready for it.”

American J.B Holmes is in third place on 10-under-par while Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose are a further shot back on nine-under-par.

Brooks Koepka is seven shots behind the leader
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Tee times for the final round have been moved forward due to adverse weather forecast.

The first tee will be at 7.32am with the leaders going out at 1.47pm.

You can listen to live action from the final round at Royal Portrush on talkSPORT 2.