'It wasn't a dream' - Shane Lowry continuing to revel in his greatest ever success
Offaly's Shane Lowry is basking in glory today after his gutsy win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitional at Firestone last night.
The outpouring of joy from the Irish public has clearly not gone unnoticed by the Clara man who took to Twitter this afternoon as the enormity of his achievement sank in.
Wow! Thank god that wasn't a dream. Can't believe the support in getting from home. Thanks so much to everyone. Means so much to me.— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) August 10, 2015
His victory in one of the toughest events on tour has catapulted Lowry to number 19 in the latest World Gold Rankings.
His win has also guaranteed him a two-year exemption on the American tour and eligibility for the lucrative end-of-season FedEx Cup play-offs.
Speaking after his victory last night, he said: "I can't believe it. I've been playing good most of the year and things just haven't been going my way," said the Irishman, who recorded two of his three top-10s this season at the US Open and prestigious BMW Championship.
"I've missed a couple of cuts by a shot and I was getting very down on myself. It's great to be able to pull something off.
"I know it will stay with me now for the rest of my career and hopefully I've got a long career ahead of me.
"I've got a good exemption in Europe, a good exemption on the PGA Tour as well so the future looks okay as of now.
"Obviously the Irish Open (which he won as an amateur in 2009) got my career kick-started but I think this is getting the next stage of my career kick-started now hopefully.
"This is going to give me the confidence to drive on now and win more events and hopefully the floodgates will open.
"I'm definitely going to try to play both tours. I definitely want to play over here (United States) more.
"The Olympics and the Ryder Cup are two big things on my list next year. This is definitely a step in the right direction."
Here's the moment it all came together for the popular golfer: