Shane Lowry Wins the Open Competition in a Runaway

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Royal Portrush Golf Club, Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland — July 21, 2019

An Irishman wins the Open Competition while it’s being played in Northern Ireland, what are the chances of that. Shane Lowry made sure the fairy tale came true, battling through an up and down round after building an insurmountable lead heading into the final day.

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Birdies Hard to Come By

No one at the top of the leaderboard could make a run at Lowry. There were only 15 rounds under par on Championship Sunday. Lowry did not have one of them either.

Though he won by six strokes, Lowry did what he had to do to secure his first Major title. Three birdies and three bogies left him even-par after nine holes.

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Holes eight and nine were bogies, then Lowry carded two more on 11 and 14. He turned things around with a birdie on 15, then three straight pars closed out his round at one-over-par 72. Kissing the Claret Jug finished off Lowry’s day.

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The Followers

Lowry’s 15 under par score was six strokes better than second-place Tommy Fleetwood’s nine under par total. American Tony Finau took third at seven-under. Lee Westwood and Brooks Koepka tied for fourth another stroke back.

The final major championship of the year held little drama after the first two rounds as Lowry took command in the third round and walked away from the field.

Next year, The Open will be played at Royal St George in southeastern England. And an Irishman will be the defending Champion.

Results of the 148th Open Championship

Position Player To Par Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total EARNINGS
1 Shane Lowry -15 67 67 63 72 269 $1,935,000
2 Tommy Fleetwood -9 68 67 66 74 275 $1,120,000
3 Tony Finau -7 68 70 68 71 277 $718,000
T4 Lee Westwood -6 68 67 70 73 278 $503,500
T4 Brooks Koepka -6 68 69 67 74 278 $503,500
T6 Robert MacIntyre -5 68 72 71 68 279 $313,000
T6 Tyrrell Hatton -5 68 71 71 69 279 $313,000
T6 Danny Willett -5 74 67 65 73 279 $313,000
T6 Rickie Fowler -5 70 69 66 74 279 $313,000
10 Patrick Reed -4 71 67 71 71 280 $223,000
T11 Francesco Molinari -3 74 69 72 66 281 $171,700
T11 Tom Lewis -3 75 68 68 70 281 $171,700
T11 Justin Thomas -3 71 70 68 72 281 $171,700
T11 Alexander Noren -3 68 71 68 74 281 $171,700
T11 Jon Rahm -3 68 70 68 75 281 $171,700
T16 Ryan Fox -2 68 75 70 69 282 $126,313
T16 Lucas Bjerregaard -2 70 68 74 70 282 $126,313
T16 Rory Sabbatini -2 70 70 71 71 282 $126,313
T16 Sang-hyun Park -2 69 72 68 73 282 $126,313
T20 Louis Oosthuizen -1 70 72 72 69 283 $91,350
T20 Stewart Cink -1 74 68 71 70 283 $91,350
T20 Doc Redman -1 71 71 71 70 283 $91,350
T20 Lucas Glover -1 72 69 71 71 283 $91,350
T20 Erik van Rooyen -1 70 68 72 73 283 $91,350
T20 Matthew Fitzpatrick -1 71 69 70 73 283 $91,350
T20 Cameron Smith -1 70 66 71 76 283 $91,350
T20 Henrik Stenson -1 70 69 68 76 283 $91,350
T20 Jordan Spieth -1 70 67 69 77 283 $91,350
T20 Justin Rose -1 69 67 68 79 283 $91,350
T30 Kevin Kisner E 70 71 70 73 284 $69,875
T30 Webb Simpson E 68 71 71 74 284 $69,875
T32 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1 68 73 77 67 285 $56,278
T32 Jason Kokrak 1 74 69 74 68 285 $56,278
T32 Bernd Wiesberger 1 70 71 74 70 285 $56,278
T32 Andrew Wilson 1 76 67 71 71 285 $56,278
T32 Joost Luiten 1 73 69 71 72 285 $56,278
T32 Ernie Els 1 71 69 72 73 285 $56,278
T32 Byeong-Hun An 1 73 67 70 75 285 $56,278
T32 Andrew Putnam 1 70 67 70 78 285 $56,278
T32 Dylan Frittelli 1 68 69 70 78 285 $56,278
T41 Callum Shinkwin 2 70 71 75 70 286 $36,925
T41 Kyle Stanley 2 75 67 73 71 286 $36,925
T41 Benjamin Hebert 2 73 69 73 71 286 $36,925
T41 Inn-choon Hwang 2 72 71 70 73 286 $36,925
T41 Aaron Wise 2 72 69 71 74 286 $36,925
T41 Patrick Cantlay 2 70 71 71 74 286 $36,925
T41 Justin Harding 2 71 65 74 76 286 $36,925
T41 Russell Knox 2 70 71 68 77 286 $36,925
T41 Xander Schauffele 2 74 65 69 78 286 $36,925
T41 Matt Kuchar 2 70 68 69 79 286 $36,925
T51 Shubhankar Sharma 3 70 72 77 68 287 $28,317
T51 Branden Grace 3 70 71 75 71 287 $28,317
T51 Bubba Watson 3 72 71 73 71 287 $28,317
T51 Matt Wallace 3 73 70 72 72 287 $28,317
T51 Charley Hoffman 3 70 73 70 74 287 $28,317
T51 Dustin Johnson 3 72 67 72 76 287 $28,317
T57 Ashton Turner 4 69 74 77 68 288 $26,467
T57 Thorbjorn Olesen 4 72 68 77 71 288 $26,467
T57 Kevin Streelman 4 77 65 74 72 288 $26,467
T57 Paul Casey 4 72 70 73 73 288 $26,467
T57 Adam Hadwin 4 74 69 72 73 288 $26,467
T57 Graeme McDowell 4 73 70 68 77 288 $26,467
T63 Paul Waring 5 75 68 75 71 289 $25,800
T63 Jim Furyk 5 73 68 75 73 289 $25,800
T63 Mikko Korhonen 5 72 69 71 77 289 $25,800
T63 Romain Langasque 5 69 72 70 78 289 $25,800
T67 Thomas Pieters 6 72 68 74 76 290 $25,088
T67 Yosuke Asaji 6 72 71 71 76 290 $25,088
T67 Sergio Garcia 6 68 73 71 78 290 $25,088
T67 J.B. Holmes 6 66 68 69 87 290 $25,088
71 Eddie Pepperell 8 70 72 76 74 292 $24,625
T72 Nino Bertasio 9 72 71 75 75 293 $24,438
T72 Yuki Inamori 9 70 73 70 80 293 $24,438