Graeme McDowell has tipped Shane Lowry to “create his own shadows” as the County Offaly man secured his maiden major crown at The Open. Lowry was battling Tommy Fleetwood for the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush, with Northern Ireland local McDowell hailing the Clara-born 32-year-old’s mental resolve. McDowell revealed that the very first time they met, when he won the Irish Open as a 22-year-old amateur back in 2009, Lowry’s supreme confidence shone through. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now “He can create his own shadows, he’s always been talented,” said McDowell of Lowry. “I remember the first day I met him, I’d just shot 61 at Baltray the week he won. “And he came in having shot 62, and he didn’t even really introduce himself, he just came in and said ‘I can’t believe you beat … [Read more...] about Lowry backed to ‘create his own shadows’ after winning The Open
How do you top winning your national Open as an amateur? In Shane Lowry's case by winning the Open Championship in front of a raucous sell-out crowd at Royal Portrush. The fact that Lowry is from Offaly in the Republic of Ireland, rather than Northern Ireland, could not have mattered less as the 32-year-old became the fifth Irishman to lift the Claret Jug after Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy. Clarke, McIlroy and Portrush native Graeme McDowell had carried the hopes of those dreaming of a Northern Irish winner of the first Open staged outside Scotland or England since 1951, although only McDowell made the cut. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now "Those guys are from here," Lowry acknowledged after his stunning third round of 63. "I grew up four hours away. I kind of felt like I could come here and come under the radar a … [Read more...] about Who is Shane Lowry, the third Irishman to win The Open?
Henrik Stenson snapped his club in frustration after a shank at The Open. The Swede reacted furiously when the ball viciously took off right of his target on the 17th hole in the final major of the year at Royal Portrush. Faced with 143 yards to the hole and smack, bang in the middle of the fairway, Stenson was incredulous at his error. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now After breaking the club in two, he brought the two pieces back behind his neck, contemplating his next shot. He would eventually make bogey, taking him back to -2 for the tournament in a tie for 17th place. The reaction sparked endearment from fans, who could relate to his blunder. It also brought back memories of Patrick Reed’s own club snap at the US Open at Pebble Beach last month when he duffed a chip from just off the green, failing to advance … [Read more...] about Stenson snaps club on knee after shank at The Open
As the 148th Open Championship draws to a close, the lucrative pot of prize money that awaits the Claret Jug winner, Shane Lowry, at Royal Portrush will be a welcome bonus on his first major of the year. Ireland's Lowry secured an emphatic six-shot victory, the biggest winning margin for nine years, to claim his maiden major on home soil, with a partisan crowd roaring him home from the very first tee. But on top of the Claret Jug and the honour of joining the two exclusive clubs of major and Open winners, the Lowry family will have just become a whole lot richer. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now How much does the winner claim? This year’s prize pot has been increased by £200,000 to £8.65m, with the winner taking home the standard 18 per cent share meaning Shane Lowry takes home a whopping £1.56m. By contrast, … [Read more...] about How much prize money will The Open champion win?
The latest headlines in your inbox The latest headlines in your inbox Update newsletter preferences Marko Arnautovic headed home on his Chinese Super League debut on Sunday as defending champions Shanghai SIPG were held to a 2-2 draw by Chongqing Lifan on a day when Beijing Guoan finally relinquished top spot. Arnautovic, who joined SIPG from West Ham earlier in the month, came off the bench to give Shanghai a 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute, only for Alan Kardec to equalise nine minutes later. That meant Vitor Pereira's Shanghai missed the opportunity to join Guangzhou Evergrande at the summit after Beijing Guoan, who had been top since the fourth round of matches, were beaten 1-0 by Jiangsu Suning. Beijing led the standings by two points going into this week's 19th round, but Eder's successful 38th minute penalty for Jiangsu condemned Roger Schmidt's side to a third defeat of the season. As a result, seven-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande ended the weekend one point ahead of … [Read more...] about Arnautovic scores on Shanghai SIPG debut after West Ham exit