Lowry: 'If my name is on the leaderboard on Sunday in Augusta, they know I can get the job done'

Lowry: 'If my name is on the leaderboard on Sunday in Augusta, they know I can get the job done'

From Sunday morning nerves to lifting the Claret Jug, Shane Lowry’s big day out at Royal Portrush turned the Irishman from nearly man into a force to be reckoned with among golf’s elite.

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Diplomat Shane Lowry plays a blinder in Portrush

Diplomat Shane Lowry plays a blinder in Portrush

Of all the challenges Shane Lowry had to overcome in Portrush last week, none was more persistent or annoying than the American journalist who insisted on pestering the Irish golfer — and the others from the island — with questions about the symbolism of an Open Championship held in Northern Ireland.

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Quirke: Lowry should receive Croke Park reception

Quirke: Lowry should receive Croke Park reception

Michael Hayes All-Ireland winners Mike Quirke and Patrick Kelly believe the red carpet should be rolled out at Croke Park for Open Championship winner Shane Lowry.

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Spieth and Fowler back swift Open return to Royal Portrush

Spieth and Fowler back swift Open return to Royal Portrush

Simon Lewis Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler may not have had the outcomes they wanted

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Shane Lowry is now ‘a national hero’

Shane Lowry is now ‘a national hero’

After the historic Open win, the mammoth celebrations.

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Willett’s word of wisdom for Lowry: ‘Be selfish’

Willett’s word of wisdom for Lowry: ‘Be selfish’

Former Masters winner Danny Willett has advised new Open champion Shane Lowry to be “selfish” when it comes to approaching the next 12 months as a first-time major winner.

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Open victory elevates Lowry into commercial stratosphere

Open victory elevates Lowry into commercial stratosphere

The scenes on Sunday evening in Portrush, Clara and pretty much everywhere across the country following his emphatic Open Championship victory confirmed Shane Lowry’s status as one of Ireland’s most popular sports stars.

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Lowry’s mission now is to set a new standard

Lowry’s mission now is to set a new standard

If the video clips doing the rounds on social media yesterday are anything to believe, Shane Lowry has been living up to his pledge to enjoy his magnificent and well-deserved Open Championship victory.

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Harrington delighted to welcome old pal Lowry to the majors club

Harrington delighted to welcome old pal Lowry to the majors club

Pádraig Harrington toasted the double victory of Shane Lowry and Royal Portrush as a brilliant moment for Irish sport as the 148th Open Championship was declared a resounding success.

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When you’re in the rough, you have to believe, like golfer Lowry

When you’re in the rough, you have to believe, like golfer Lowry

Aren’t the real heroes the ones who transcend difficulty, who rise above the ordinary, asks Fergus Finlay

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Anatomy of an Open win

Anatomy of an Open win

No man is an island, not even in a non-team sport like golf and while Shane Lowry is not one to use “we” when referring to his achievements in the style of many of his counterparts in golf’s elite, the Irishman is not afraid to give credit where it is due.

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Defending Open champion Molinari signs off in style at Portrush

Defending Open champion Molinari signs off in style at Portrush

The Italian’s bogey-free round included an eagle on the 12th.

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Players make most of early starts with conditions set to deteriorate at The Open

Players make most of early starts with conditions set to deteriorate at The Open

Shane Lowry holds a four-stroke lead over Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the leaderboard.

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Shane Lowry steeling himself for most challenging day of his career at Open

Shane Lowry steeling himself for most challenging day of his career at Open

A day of golfing perfection from Shane Lowry took the Irishman to the verge of Open Championship victory at Royal Portrush but the 32-year-old is steeling himself for the most challenging day of his career tomorrow.

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Loyalist flute band plays in Portrush

Loyalist flute band plays in Portrush

Critics had claimed the event could send out the wrong message about Northern Ireland when the eyes of the world are upon it.

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Thousands of golf fans relish third day of Open’s return to N Ireland

Thousands of golf fans relish third day of Open’s return to N Ireland

Home favourites Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke missed the halfway cut.

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Graeme McDowell backs Rory McIlroy to rebound from Open disappointment

Graeme McDowell backs Rory McIlroy to rebound from Open disappointment

Rory McIlroy’s major successes are far from over, says Graeme McDowell, who has backed his friend to rebound from his Royal Portrush disappointment.

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Lucas Glover moves to within four of lead at Portrush

Lucas Glover moves to within four of lead at Portrush

Glover carded three successive birdies from the second to move to four under.

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Early starters Stanley and Redman get off to Open third round flier

Early starters Stanley and Redman get off to Open third round flier

Fox and Hwang also make early progress with back-to-back birdies

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The Open day three: Lowry looking to close in on Open glory

The Open day three: Lowry looking to close in on Open glory

He shares the lead at Royal Portrush with JB Holmes.

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McIlroy bowled over by surge of support but birdie charge comes up short

McIlroy bowled over by surge of support but birdie charge comes up short

The home favourite’s second-round 65 saw him miss the cut by a shot at Royal Portrush.

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The Open day two: Lowry shares halfway lead as McIlroy fightback falls short

The Open day two: Lowry shares halfway lead as McIlroy fightback falls short

Rory McIlroy followed his opening-round 79 with a six-under-par 65 to miss the cut by just a shot.

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'Walking down 18 was something special' - Shane Lowry pinching himself as he shares Open lead

'Walking down 18 was something special' - Shane Lowry pinching himself as he shares Open lead

The pair are on eight under after the second round at Royal Portrush, a shot clear of English duo Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood.

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Westwood hits form at Open with help of caddie girlfriend

Westwood hits form at Open with help of caddie girlfriend

The 46-year-old is seven under par after two round at Royal Portrush

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Pragmatic Woods accepts there will be ups and downs as Open hopes disappear

Pragmatic Woods accepts there will be ups and downs as Open hopes disappear

The 15-time major winner was six over par after two rounds at Royal Portrush.

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Lowry moves two shots clear as McIlroy attempts to put poor start behind him

Lowry moves two shots clear as McIlroy attempts to put poor start behind him

Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, holed from 35 feet for another birdie on the 10th to move two shots clear of the field.

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Tyrrell Hatton makes progress and Tiger Woods also aims to improve Open prospects

Tyrrell Hatton makes progress and Tiger Woods also aims to improve Open prospects

Early birdie boosts hopes of overnight leader JB Holmes.

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The Open day two: JB Holmes looking to stay ahead of chasing pack

The Open day two: JB Holmes looking to stay ahead of chasing pack

The American starts the day one shot ahead of Shane Lowry.

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Shane Lowry stands one shot behind Open leader JB Holmes thanks to pep talk over coffee

Shane Lowry stands one shot behind Open leader JB Holmes thanks to pep talk over coffee

Rory McIlroy began with an eight and finished with a seven in a demoralising opening 79 at Royal Portrush.

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Rain not spoiling the party as the Open returns to Portrush

Rain not spoiling the party as the Open returns to Portrush

Even a disastrous first round by home favourite Rory McIlroy failed to dampen the spirit of fans.

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Koepka makes strong start at Open but McIlroy endures nightmare opening round

Koepka makes strong start at Open but McIlroy endures nightmare opening round

At eight over par McIlroy was 12 shots off the clubhouse target set by Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

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Rory McIlroy: 'When you play your first and last holes in seven-over, you're starting on the back foot'

Rory McIlroy: 'When you play your first and last holes in seven-over, you're starting on the back foot'

McIlroy admits his dream of a second Open title is already over for another year.

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Rory McIlroy’s worst performances in a major

Rory McIlroy’s worst performances in a major

Rory McIlroy’s dream of winning the Open Championship on home soil is effectively over after he slumped to an opening 79 at Royal Portrush.

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Graeme McDowell ‘gutted’ after new rule costs him dearly on Portrush final hole

Graeme McDowell ‘gutted’ after new rule costs him dearly on Portrush final hole

“I feel like all the air has been let out of the sails plus some. The ship feels like it’s sinking.”

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Rory McIlroy endures miserable start and finish at the Open

Rory McIlroy endures miserable start and finish at the Open

McIlroy began with an eight and signed off with a seven in an opening 79 on home soil at Royal Portrush.

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Watch: Grillo hits hole in one on first morning of the Open

Watch: Grillo hits hole in one on first morning of the Open

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo produced the moment of the morning on the first day of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush with a hole in one.

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Home comforts for Darren Clarke as he lights up Royal Portrush

Home comforts for Darren Clarke as he lights up Royal Portrush

Darren Clarke stroked home a birdie at the fifth to lead The Open like he was knocking balls around in his back garden.

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A shot-by-shot look at Rory McIlroy’s nightmare Open start

A shot-by-shot look at Rory McIlroy’s nightmare Open start

The Northern Irishman carded a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole.

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Rory McIlroy shoots disastrous quadruple-bogey on first hole as Shane Lowry holds early lead

Rory McIlroy shoots disastrous quadruple-bogey on first hole as Shane Lowry holds early lead

His wayward first ball hit a fan and cracked the screen of her mobile phone in her pocket before ending up five feet inside the out of bounds posts.

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Darren Clarke enjoys dream start to home Open at Royal Portrush

Darren Clarke enjoys dream start to home Open at Royal Portrush

Clarke’s playing partner James Sugrue was just one shot behind him on Thursday morning.

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Rory McIlroy keen to shun spotlight during bid for Open glory on home soil

Rory McIlroy keen to shun spotlight during bid for Open glory on home soil

Bookies’ favourite McIlroy was born and raised 65 miles away from Royal Portrush.

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Rahm hoping accommodation switch has Open benefits at Portrush

Rahm hoping accommodation switch has Open benefits at Portrush

Jon Rahm is hoping an accommodation switch can lead to a reversal of fortunes in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

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Fear of missing out fuelled Rory McIlroy's Olympic u-turn

Fear of missing out fuelled Rory McIlroy's Olympic u-turn

Rory McIlroy admits that a fear of missing out fuelled his decision to change tack on Olympic ambitions and declare himself available to represent Ireland at the Games in Tokyo in 2020.

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Graeme McDowell got Open hopes back on course by ‘facing demons of mortality’

Graeme McDowell got Open hopes back on course by ‘facing demons of mortality’

The former US Open champion had fallen to 259th in the world.

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Rory McIlroy: The Open's biggest legacy in the North could be bringing people together

Rory McIlroy: The Open's biggest legacy in the North could be bringing people together

Rory McIlroy has spoken of the great legacy this week’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush can have, both for golf in Northern Ireland and its people.

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Portrush to welcome record-breaking crowd for Open outside of St Andrews

Portrush to welcome record-breaking crowd for Open outside of St Andrews

This week’s 148th Open at Royal Portrush is officially the most attended Championship staged outside St Andrews with the R&A announcing on Wednesday that there will be a record-breaking crowd of 237,750 for the tournament starting on Thursday.

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Portmarnock ‘logical first step’ for global Open, says Harrington

Portmarnock ‘logical first step’ for global Open, says Harrington

Pádraig Harrington has predicted that the Open Championship’s return to Irish shores this week is the first step of tournament organisers the R&A taking golf’s oldest major around the world, ideally with Portmarnock as the launchpad.

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Mosquito adds extra bite to McIlroy’s practice round

Mosquito adds extra bite to McIlroy’s practice round

It was an uncomfortable moment for the golfer.

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The Open ‘switch has flicked’ as tourists flock to Portrush

The Open ‘switch has flicked’ as tourists flock to Portrush

Golf fans and tourists from around the world have converged on Portrush to enjoy the buzz as The Open returns for the first time in over 60 years.

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout craving revenge on return to Royal Portrush

Christiaan Bezuidenhout craving revenge on return to Royal Portrush

Bezuidenhout failed a drugs test during the 2014 British Amateur Championship at the same course.

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Phil Mickelson claims he lost 15lbs in six-day fast ahead of the Open

Phil Mickelson claims he lost 15lbs in six-day fast ahead of the Open

Phil Mickelson has embarked on a dramatic diet in a desperate attempt to rediscover his form ahead of the 148th Open Championship.

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US Open winner takes role of photographer for Portrush golf fans

US Open winner takes role of photographer for Portrush golf fans

“Kuch and I went to breakfast yesterday and I took about 20 pictures for him.”

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A closer look at the four US golfers who lifted the 1982 major trophies in last clean sweep

A closer look at the four US golfers who lifted the 1982 major trophies in last clean sweep

Tiger Woods memorably recaptured the Masters, Brooks Koepka secured back-to-back USPGA Championship titles and Gary Woodland clinched the US Open.

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