Saturday 27 May 2017

Shane Lowry had a GAA legend caddying for him yesterday

US Masters: Offalyman keeps it in the family at Augusta

Shane Lowry of Ireland, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Padraig Harrington of Ireland pose with their caddies during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Shane Lowry of Ireland, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Padraig Harrington of Ireland pose with their caddies during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Michael Verney

It truly was a family affair at the Masters in Augusta yesterday when Offaly golfer Shane Lowry had his father Brendan caddying for him in the famous Par 3 contest.

Lowry, vying for a first Green Jacket in his debut appearance, was in jovial form throughout as Faithful footballing great Brendan carried his bag in what must have been a dream come true for the Clara pair.

Brendan, along with brothers Mick and Sean, left a huge print on the face of the GAA during their playing days, most notably ending the Kerry five in a row bid in 1982 via Seamus Darby's never to be forgotten goal.

The 46th best player in the world, winner of the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur, is generally a 100/1 shot to claim top honours at Augusta National and no doubt an Offaly flag will appear somewhere in the midst of golf's most illustrious major.

Elsewhere, only one year on from having then girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki as caddy for the event, Rory McIlroy enlisted the services of good friend and Mullingar native Niall Horan.

The One Direction star traded the glitz and glamour of the stage for 'the special honour' of working with the world number one and even managed to catch up with four-time winner Tiger Woods, a star-studded trio indeed.

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