PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — The rain and the wind came, as predicted, to Royal Portrush on Sunday, but Shane Lowry didn't let them get to him. The 32-year-old Irishman braved the elements and fended off all challengers as he walked off the 18th hole as the Champion Golfer of the Year at the 148th Open Championship.
Lowry shot a closing one-over 72, a commendable score when you consider that the nasty weather kept any of the last 24 players to tee off on Sunday from breaking par. It was also good enough to give him a comfortable six-stroke victory over Tommy Fleetwood.
Growing up outside of Dublin, Lowry felt like this year's Open, played outside of Scotland and England for the first time in 68 years, was a home game. And he definitely had the support of a pro-Irish crowd behind him.
That Lowry would be in this position was surprising when looking back a year ago, having missed the cut in the Open for a fourth straight year. "That just shows how fickle golf is," Lowry said. "Never know what’s around the corner. I sat in the car park at Carnoustie on Thursday and I cried … my golf wasn’t my friend at the time. it was something that was becoming very stressful. It was weighing on me and I just didn’t like doing it. Look what a difference it was."
Here are the final scores from this year's final men's major:
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