Sunday 18 August 2019

Sky commentator criticised for saying Shane Lowry is British live on air

Shane Lowry of Ireland putts on the 1st green during Day Three of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co Antrim. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Shane Lowry of Ireland putts on the 1st green during Day Three of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co Antrim. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

Shane Lowry is flying the flag high for Ireland right now in Portrush as he bids to win his first major and the Open Championship.

Proud Offalyman Lowry was out in the final group on -8 alongside JB Holmes with a massive Irish crowd cheering him on.

Also hoping for a Lowry win was Sky commentator Laura Davis as she enthusiastically lent her support.

"It would be lovely wouldn't it for the home fans, and for us as well because it's nice to see a British winner of The Open," she said during Sky's coverage.

"Americans have been way too dominant recently in these majors."

Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut by a single show, is among those willing Lowry on.

"I can't wait to watch him over the weekend," McIlroy said. "I was following the board closely and saw he got to 10-under with a few holes to go and dropped back.

"But Shane will relish these conditions. He's the home boy that's up there now, and he is going to get all of the support I got today and hopefully, they can will him on, and I'd love nothing more than to see him lift that Claret Jug."

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