Nice guys don’t always finish last.
32-year-old Irishman Shane Lowry won The Open Championship in convincing fashion beating Tommy Fleetwood by six strokes to capture the first major title of his career.
Lowry was born in Clara, Irleand which is about a three-and-a-half drive from Royal Portrush which was the site of his historic win on Sunday.
Lowry started off his final round with a little nerves which resulted in a bogey on the opening hole. However, Lowry settled down over the next six holes with three birdies and three pars and the rest of the tournament had a sense of inevitability to it that the Irishman would win on home soil.
Lowry finished the tournament at 15-under par with scores of 67, 67, 63 and 72.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 21, 2019
Heading into The Open, Lowry was perhaps the least talked about local lad in the field.
It was another Irish born player in Rory McIlroy who was receiving all the attention as the most likely to win The Open at Royal Portrush followed by Graeme McDowell who grew up in Portrush and has played the course numerous times throughout his youth.
McIlroy ended up missing the cut after a disastrous opening round while McDowell ended up finishing T57 and 4-over par.
However, it was Lowry who ended up becoming the unsung hero of Ireland by capturing his second career win on the PGA Tour. His only other previous win on the PGA came in 2015 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, OH.
Lowry also has five career wins on the European Tour.
The win at Royal Portrush moves Lowry up to No.17 in the official world golf rankings.