Lowry keeps it local as he masters rivals in Portugal
IT'S the biggest win of his career to date.
But throughout the Portugal Masters, Shane Lowry was getting regular updates on the inter-county football final between his beloved Clara and Rhode in his native Offaly.
And he even ditched his usual Sunday attire of green and donned his local colours as he clinched his first tournament as a Pro.
Speaking afterwards, the 25-year-old said he was "over the moon" at winning the cup and €375,000 prize.
Shane has proved during his short career that he is a cool operator. And he showed nerves of steel as he won his first European Tour event in a nail-biting finish posting a one-shot victory.
Shane was only the third amateur to win a European Tour event back in 2009, when he defeated British professional Robert Rock in a sudden-death playoff in the Irish Open.
He missed out on the €500,000 first prize that time but today he is in the money. His victory brought roars of celebration from a horde of Irish fans, including those from Clara.
His proud mother Bridgie and father Brendan were there to see yet another rising Irish golfing star shine.
Brendan, who was on the Offaly All Ireland team in 1982 when they stopped Kerry going for five-in-a-row titles told the Irish Independent last night: "When your son wins the Open it is something special. He always wanted to win a professional. I'm delighted he did that. He played very well all week. But at the same time, you have to go out and do it."
Shane is expected to return home later today. Michael White who runs White's pub in Clara, is with a group of about 10 people from the town who had the good luck to see the local lad beat the best in Europe.
Asked what they had planned in Vilamoura in Portugal's Algarve, he had just one word -- "partying".