Tuesday 20 August 2019

'I haven't stopped going since Sunday' - Shane Lowry vows to continue celebrations ahead of homecoming party

Shane Lowry during the press conference at House Dublin
Shane Lowry during the press conference at House Dublin

John Brennan and Ian Begley

Shane Lowry has described the last 48 hours of his life as "surreal". The new Open Golf vhampion met the media in Dublin this afternoon as he reflected on four days of wonderful golf in Royal Portrush that changed his life forever.

"I look at my name on this trophy," he said of the Claret Jug, "and there are names there since the 1800s and the names of the greatest golfers ever. And my name is there now for all time. It's still hard to take it all in."

Lowry will head to his home village of Clara later today for a special welcome home. "That'll be great, I'll see all my family and friends again and that will be brilliant, to show them this," as he once again cradled the trophy that is now his own.

"I'm going to enjoy this," Lowry said, "it's something I dreamt of and now it has come true."

The 32-year-old is making no apology to anyone that criticises the way he’s been celebrating his brilliant Open success.

Since he was crowned Open champion on Sunday, the Offaly man has been celebrating his colossal win surrounded by his friends, family and adoring supporters.

On Sunday night, footage showed Lowry belting out a fist-pumping version of The Fields of Athenry as punters sang and danced along in 37 Dawson Street.

And yesterday, the 32-year-old champion golfer arrived at The Boar's Head, on Capel Street in Dublin, where he received a hero's welcome.

Speaking to Independent.ie today, Lowry agreed that some golf clubs around the world may look down on just how he’s been marking his success.

However, he believes that golf culture in Ireland isn’t as stuffy or conservative as some people may imagine.

"I don’t really care what people think to be honest," he said.

"I’m going to celebrate how I want and I’m going to enjoy this because who knows I might never get to do this again.

"I don’t think golf in Ireland is seen to be [snobby] at all. I think Ireland is one of the few countries in the whole world where it’s not seen like that.

"I’ve been to every [so-called] stuffy golf club in Ireland and you get looked after very well and they’re very nice places to go," he said.

The 32-year-old champion golfer described the last 48 hours as "surreal".

"It’s amazing, I just can’t believe how lucky I am," he said.

"I haven't stopped going since I stepped off the 18th green on Sunday. When it comes to the end of the week that’s when I’ll start to process what has happened.

"For now, I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. I’m looking forward to the next couple of days, but I’m also looking forward to the point where I’ll be just able to relax."

One of the biggest things Lowry said he’s looking forward to when he gets home is to visit his grandmother.

Emmy Scanlon (82) told Independent.ie yesterday that she remembers the wisdom she imparted on her grandson when he was a child.

"My granny is a great woman and I’m looking forward to seeing her," he said.

"I can’t wait to bring the Claret Jug to her home and throwing it onto the kitchen table for her to see."

Lowry also admitted that his celebrations are unlikely to stop any time soon.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think we might be celebrating for another couple of days. What a crazy few days it's been.

"I haven't stopped going since Sunday and it's just been unbelievable. The amount of messages and support I get is incredible as well.

"I haven't really let go of it (the Claret Jug) for the last 48 hours. I didn't know whether I would ever achieve something like this, so to win the Open Championship in Portrush is a dream come true."

Lowry added: "I played in the 2008 Open Championship (at Royal Birkdale) and that was my favourite, but there was almost a quarter of a million people there last week.

"It was incredible and an incredible feeling to win the tournament.

"If you could pick one that you could win, you probably would say The Open at Portrush. It would definitely be well up there anyway."

Lowry thanked fellow Irishmen Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell for their support throughout the tournament.

"I'm very lucky that I can call Northern Ireland my friends," he said. "Paddy and G-Mac were on the 18th green waiting for me on Sunday.

"It's very special when they are there waiting for you. When I was growing up they were the kind of people you would idolise, so to have them there was amazing."

Additional reporting by PA

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