Shane Lowry Wins His First Golf Major

Shane Lowry won the last golfing major of the year, The Open, with the Irish crow fully behind him on the weekend.

The Open was being played in Ireland for the first time in since 1951. Royal Portrush is the only course in Ireland to have hosted the major as it did this weekend. McIlroy was the favourite to win the competition with Koepka just behind him. We chose Lowry as one of our potential outsiders to win The Open.

He went into the competition as number 33 in the PGA World Rankings and was a 70/1 outsider! Lowry had never won a major before this and his best finish at one was T2 at the 2016 US Open.

The Open 2019

He started off the major with a good opening round of 67, which was four under par and saw him in second place. J. B. Holmes was in the lead with -5. The second day saw him perform even better and join J. B. Holmes at the top of the table, both on -8.

Saturday though was when Lowry really took control and probably thought himself that for the first time he could win The Open. The course was remodelled in 2016 and Lowry broke the record for it shooting an eight-under-par 63 for the day. This also broke a 54-hole scoring record for The Open. Lowry was now four shots clear at the top of the table with Tommy Fleetwood four shots behind on -12.

This was to be the second time in his career that he would take a four-shot lead in major going into the last day. The first time was in the 2016 US Open. He was leading with Dustin Johnson behind and he threw away the lead to finish T2.

The final day was tougher than any of the other three. The weather was particularly bad with lots of rain and strong wins. Only two in the top ten managed to go round in under par. Lowry shot one over for the day but this didn’t matter as Fleetwood went round in three over par.

The Irishman knew he had won the major after successfully finding the fairway with his drive on the 18th. As he walking to the green he took in the atmosphere, gesturing and clapping to the supporting Irish fans.

2020 Majors

After winning his first major and becoming the sixth Irishman to do so, Lowry will now be looking to win his next one. Unfortunately for him, he is going to have to wait until next year. He will be going up the world rankings now but this still hasn’t had much effect on the odds.

For The Masters and The PGA Championship, he is priced at 66/1 on Bet365. His is slightly lower for the US Open at 50/1. Both of these are very good odds and with high prices then he could still bring in a good return for an EW bet!