Shane Lowry awarded European Tour Honorary Life Membership

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The 32-year-old becomes the 56th recipient of the honour
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September 17, 2019
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Shane Lowry has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour in recognition of his Open Championship victory in July.

Honorary Life Membership - Lowry recognised after Open win
Shane Lowry and Keith Pelley. Credit: Getty Images

The Irishman finished six shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood at Royal Portrush to lift the Claret Jug in front of packed galleries at the County Antrim venue as the island of Ireland hosted the Open Championship for the first time since 1951.

It was Lowry’s maiden Major Championship triumph and came ten years after his unforgettable breakthrough victory as an amateur at the 2009 Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club in Baltray.

The 32-year-old currently leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, having also won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGC, the first Rolex Series event of 2019.

He was presented with his Honorary Life Membership by European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley ahead of the BMW PGA Championship – the season’s fourth Rolex Series event – which gets under way at Wentworth Club in England on Thursday.

Lowry said: “It is pretty cool to receive this award. When you start playing golf when you're a kid you don't know how good you can be, or even when you start playing as a pro. I didn't know that I would get to this day so it's pretty cool.

“I've obviously joined a nice list of names, which is pretty good as well. My heart lies with The European Tour. I'll always be a member. I love coming back and I love playing in events like this. So it's an extreme privilege to receive this.”

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “Shane’s incredible victory at Royal Portrush will be remembered as one of the iconic performances in the Championship’s storied history.

“Shane is a terrific character and I think you when you look at the remarkable reception he enjoyed across the island of Ireland in the week following his win, in addition to the warmth and praise on social media globally, that shows you how popular he is in the game. He is also a wonderful ambassador for the European Tour, and is therefore a truly worthy recipient of this honour.”

Lowry, who has won five times on the European Tour, becomes the 56th person to be awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour, 41 years after John Jacobs, the Founding Father of the European Tour, was the first to receive the accolade in 1978.

Full list of European Tour Honorary Life Members

1978 John Jacobs    1999 Paul Lawrie    2011 Charl Schwartzel
1978 Bernard Hunt 1999 Greg Norman 2011 Lee Westwood
1978 Dai Rees 2001 Vijay Singh 2012 Luke Donald
1982 Peter Butler 2002 Retief Goosen 2012 Brian Huggett
1983 Seve Ballesteros 2003 Peter Alliss 2012 Tommy Horton
1983 Tony Jacklin 2003 Bernard Gallacher 2012 Mark James
1985 Sir Henry Cotton 2004 Neil Coles 2012 Roger Chapman
1985 Fred Daly 2004 Christy O'Connor 2013 Dave Thomas
1985 Max Faulkner 2004 John Panton 2013 Justin Rose
1985 Bernhard Langer 2005 Michael Campbell 2014 Jack Nicklaus
1985 Sandy Lyle 2007 Angel Cabrera 2016 Peter Oosterhuis
1987 Sir Nick Faldo 2007 Padraig Harrington 2016 Danny Willett
1992 Ian Woosnam 2008 Trevor Immelman 2016 Henrik Stenson
1994 José María Olazábal 2010 Martin Kaymer 2017 Sam Torrance
1995 Bob Charles 2010 Graeme McDowell 2017 Sergio Garcia
1995 Arnold Palmer 2010 Louis Oosthuizen 2018 Francesco Molinari
1995 Gary Player 2010 Tom Watson 2019 Patrick Reed
1997 Colin Montgomerie 2011 Darren Clarke 2019 Shane Lowry
1998 Ernie Els 2011 Rory McIlroy
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