In Summary
  • In desperately difficult conditions, Lowry's one-over par final round was still more than enough as he finished on 15-under for the tournament to claim the Claret Jug
  • However, the world number 20 was also struggling and when a six at the par-four 14 for Fleetwood was followed by Lowry's birdie at 15 there was only one winner
  • Four consecutive bogeys on the first four holes realistically ended the four-time major winner's challenge for a first Open Championship

PORTRUSH, UK

Ireland's Shane Lowry withstood howling wind and rain to win his first major at the British Open by six shots from Tommy Fleetwood on Sunday.

In desperately difficult conditions, Lowry's one-over par final round was still more than enough as he finished on 15-under for the tournament to claim the Claret Jug.

Fleetwood could never apply enough pressure as Lowry never had less than a three-shot lead throughout his round and a double bogey at the 14th realistically ended the Englishman's challenge as he finished three-over for the day on nine-under.

Roared on by huge crowds despite the inclement weather at Royal Portrush, Lowry had a nervy start as he bogeyed the opening hole.

However, he looked set to romp to victory after making three birdies in four holes between four and seven to move to 18-under.

Strengthening winds and lashing rain halted Lowry's charge towards the finish line as dropped shots at eight, nine and 11 to give Fleetwood hope.

However, the world number 20 was also struggling and when a six at the par-four 14 for Fleetwood was followed by Lowry's birdie at 15 there was only one winner.

Lowry could even afford the luxury of revelling in a career-defining win as he headed down the 18th to the delight of the home fans in the first Open Championship on Northern Irish soil since 1951.

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