Friday 20 July 2018

'The phone was hopping with texts. It's a life-changing moment' – Shane Lowry's uncle on stunning US success

Shane Lowry waves to the crowd after winning the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, in Akron, Ohio
Shane Lowry waves to the crowd after winning the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, in Akron, Ohio
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Sean Lowry has paid tribute to his nephew Shane after winning the Bridgestone Invitational last night and admitted it is a "life-changing moment" for the Offaly golfer.

Lowry held off the challenge of three major champions to claim the biggest victory of his career and a cheque for €1.45m after a stunning final round of 66 at Firestone Country and climbs 29 places in the world rankings to move to 19th in the world.

Sean watched events unfold at home with his wife Nuala and daughter Sarah and was beaming with pride as he spoke to Dave Fanning on RTE Radio one's The John Murray show

"It was kind of surreal," he conceded. "I always thought he was good enough and has the magic and that is what you need at this level.

"He showed some composure and bottle.

"It's life changing as Paul McGinley said last night."

The impeccable round saw Lowry finish 11 under par, two shots ahead of double Masters champion Bubba Watson, with Justin Rose and Jim Furyk another two shots back after disappointing rounds of 72.

Such a victory can only be achieved with strong mental resolve, something the Clara man has in abundance according to his uncle.

"I know he is a confident guy, but he was never arrogant. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. He is such a lovely fella, such an ambassador, such a joy to be around."

The beaming uncle said that his phone has been "clogged up" with messages since last night, though he is still coming to terms with the enormity of the win after celebrating in Shane's family home with his parents and family members.

"We went over to Brendan and Brigid's house in Clara [after winning the tournament]. They were all up. Shane's granny was there from the Scanlon side.

"It was great. It hasn't really sunk in yet."

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