The Open Championship R4

Shane Lowry storms to Open title at Royal Portrush

July 18-21
Royal Portrush GC, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
$10,750,000
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Ireland’s Shane Lowry exorcised the ghosts of Oakmont to claim his first major title in commanding fashion in the 148th Open at Royal Portrush.

The Open Championship R4 - Shane Lowry storms to Open title at Royal Portrush
Shane Lowry celebrates winning The Open Championship (Niall Carson/PA)

Roared on by a sell-out crowd undeterred by the miserable conditions, Lowry carded a closing 72 to become the fifth Irish player to lift the Claret Jug after Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy.

The 32-year-old from Offaly finished 15 under par, six shots ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood, with American Tony Finau two strokes further back in third.

World number one Brooks Koepka, who was attempting to become the first player in the modern era to finish in the top two in all four majors in a calendar year, had to settle for a share of fourth with Lee Westwood, a result which secured the 46-year-old a first Masters appearance since 2017 next April.


Three years after failing to convert a four-shot lead in the final round of the US Open at Oakmont, Lowry took the same advantage into the last day of the first Open staged outside Scotland or England since Max Faulkner triumphed at Portrush in 1951.

Looking understandably nervous, Lowry pulled his opening tee shot and looked on anxiously as his ball headed towards the internal out of bounds which had cost pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy so dear on Thursday.

Similarly errant drives had also led to double bogeys for Rickie Fowler and JB Holmes, but Lowry’s ball was poorly struck and plunged into the rough, from where he found a greenside bunker with his approach.

Fleetwood had found the fairway off the tee and hit a superb second shot to six feet, but missed his birdie attempt and, after a mediocre bunker shot and timid putt, Lowry held his nerve to hole from five feet for just his fourth bogey of the week.

The Open Championship R4 - Shane Lowry storms to Open title at Royal Portrush
Shane Lowry is cheered on by thousands of fans in Northern Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

The lead was back to four shots when Fleetwood, who also missed a good birdie chance on the par-five second, bogeyed the third and Lowry moved further clear with a birdie on the fourth which was greeted with a massive cheer from the crowd.

Both players birdied the short fifth before Lowry demonstrated the short-game skills honed in chipping competitions against Harrington by getting up and down from short of the seventh green to pick up another shot.

Lowry, who won the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur in similarly poor weather, looked in total control before a combination of three bogeys in the next four holes and Fleetwood’s birdie on the 12th cut the gap to four.

However, Fleetwood could not turn the screw and double bogeyed the 14th after finding sand off the tee, meaning Lowry increased his lead to five despite failing to save par from over the green.


Lowry, who sacked his caddie after the first round of last year’s Open and missed the cut for the fourth year in succession, had the title in his grasp and a birdie on the 15th had chants of “Ole, Ole, Ole” ringing out around the Dunluce Links.

It also meant Lowry’s name was etched on the Claret Jug by the time he stepped on to the 18th tee and a regulation par sealed an emphatic triumph, Lowry hugging his caddie Brian ‘Bo’ Martin before being embraced by wife Wendy and two-year-old daughter Iris.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-15
67
67
63
72
269
2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-9
68
67
66
74
275
3
Tony Finau
USA
-7
68
70
68
71
277
T4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
68
67
70
73
278
T4
Brooks Koepka
USA
-6
68
69
67
74
278
T6
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-5
68
72
71
68
279
T6
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
68
71
71
69
279
T6
Danny Willett
ENG
-5
74
67
65
73
279
T6
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
70
69
66
74
279
10
Patrick Reed
USA
-4
71
67
71
71
280
T11
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-3
74
69
72
66
281
T11
Tom Lewis
ENG
-3
75
68
68
70
281
T11
Justin Thomas
USA
-3
71
70
68
72
281
T11
Alexander Noren
SWE
-3
68
71
68
74
281
T11
Jon Rahm
ESP
-3
68
70
68
75
281
T16
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
68
75
70
69
282
T16
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-2
70
68
74
70
282
T16
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-2
70
70
71
71
282
T16
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
-2
69
72
68
73
282
T20
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
70
72
72
69
283
T20
Stewart Cink
USA
-1
74
68
71
70
283
T20
Doc Redman
USA
-1
71
71
71
70
283
T20
Lucas Glover
USA
-1
72
69
71
71
283
T20
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-1
70
68
72
73
283
T20
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
71
69
70
73
283
T20
Cameron Smith
AUS
-1
70
66
71
76
283
T20
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-1
70
69
68
76
283
T20
Jordan Spieth
USA
-1
70
67
69
77
283
T20
Justin Rose
ENG
-1
69
67
68
79
283
T30
Kevin Kisner
USA
Par
70
71
70
73
284
T30
Webb Simpson
USA
Par
68
71
71
74
284
T32
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
68
73
77
67
285
T32
Jason Kokrak
USA
1
74
69
74
68
285
T32
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
1
70
71
74
70
285
T32
Andrew Wilson
ENG
1
76
67
71
71
285
T32
Joost Luiten
NED
1
73
69
71
72
285
T32
Ernie Els
RSA
1
71
69
72
73
285
T32
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
1
73
67
70
75
285
T32
Andrew Putnam
USA
1
70
67
70
78
285
T32
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
1
68
69
70
78
285
T41
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
70
71
75
70
286
T41
Kyle Stanley
USA
2
75
67
73
71
286
T41
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
2
73
69
73
71
286
T41
In-Choon Hwang
KOR
2
72
71
70
73
286
T41
Aaron Wise
USA
2
72
69
71
74
286
T41
Patrick Cantlay
USA
2
70
71
71
74
286
T41
Justin Harding
RSA
2
71
65
74
76
286
T41
Russell Knox
SCO
2
70
71
68
77
286
T41
Xander Schauffele
USA
2
74
65
69
78
286
T41
Matt Kuchar
USA
2
70
68
69
79
286
T51
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
70
72
77
68
287
T51
Branden Grace
RSA
3
70
71
75
71
287
T51
Bubba Watson
USA
3
72
71
73
71
287
T51
Matt Wallace
ENG
3
73
70
72
72
287
T51
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
70
73
70
74
287
T51
Dustin Johnson
USA
3
72
67
72
76
287
T57
Ashton Turner
ENG
4
69
74
77
68
288
T57
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
4
72
68
77
71
288
T57
Kevin Streelman
USA
4
77
65
74
72
288
T57
Paul Casey
ENG
4
72
70
73
73
288
T57
Adam Hadwin
CAN
4
74
69
72
73
288
T57
Graeme McDowell
NIR
4
73
70
68
77
288
T63
Paul Waring
ENG
5
75
68
75
71
289
T63
Jim Furyk
USA
5
73
68
75
73
289
T63
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
5
72
69
71
77
289
T63
Romain Langasque
FRA
5
69
72
70
78
289
T67
Thomas Pieters
BEL
6
72
68
74
76
290
T67
Yosuke Asaji
JPN
6
72
71
71
76
290
T67
Sergio Garcia
ESP
6
68
73
71
78
290
T67
J. B. Holmes
USA
6
66
68
69
87
290
71
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
8
70
72
76
74
292
T72
Nino Bertasio
ITA
9
72
71
75
75
293
T72
Yuki Inamori
JPN
9
70
73
70
80
293
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
2
73
71
144
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
USA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
2
72
72
144
CUT
James Sugrue
IRL
2
71
73
144
CUT
Jason Day
AUS
2
70
74
144
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Nate Lashley
USA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Rory McIlroy
NIR
2
79
65
144
CUT
Takumi Kanaya
JPN
2
73
71
144
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
72
145
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
3
73
72
145
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
3
71
74
145
CUT
Dong-Kyu Jang
KOR
3
76
69
145
CUT
Gary Woodland
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
3
71
74
145
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
3
75
70
145
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
3
70
75
145
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Doyeob Mun
KOR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
4
74
72
146
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
4
75
71
146
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
4
78
68
146
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Yoshinori Fujimoto
JPN
4
75
71
146
CUT
Zach Johnson
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
5
77
70
147
CUT
Billy Horschel
USA
5
76
71
147
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Isidro Benitez
MEX
5
75
72
147
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
76
71
147
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
5
76
71
147
CUT
Matthias Schmid
GER
5
76
71
147
CUT
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
5
71
76
147
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
5
75
72
147
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
5
76
71
147
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
6
72
76
148
CUT
Gunn Charoenkul
THA
6
72
76
148
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
6
74
74
148
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
6
73
75
148
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
6
73
75
148
CUT
Tiger Woods
USA
6
78
70
148
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Brandon Wu
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Chan Kim
USA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
7
76
73
149
CUT
Luke List
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Shaun Norris
RSA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
8
75
75
150
CUT
Marc Leishman
AUS
8
78
72
150
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
8
77
73
150
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
8
76
74
150
CUT
Adam Scott
AUS
9
78
73
151
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
9
76
75
151
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
9
77
74
151
CUT
Curtis Knipes
ENG
9
72
79
151
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
9
78
73
151
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
9
71
80
151
CUT
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
9
76
75
151
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
10
73
79
152
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
10
79
73
152
CUT
Sam Locke
SCO
10
75
77
152
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
10
83
69
152
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
12
75
79
154
CUT
Prom Meesawat
THA
12
73
81
154
CUT
Tom Lehman
USA
12
78
76
154
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
13
83
72
155
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
13
82
73
155
CUT
Thomas Thurloway
ENG
14
83
73
156
CUT
David Duval
USA
27
91
78
169