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Sportstar Awards - Shane Lowry wins Open

o carry a four-shot lead into the final round of a Major is both a blessing and a burden. Any golfer would take it, but they’d do so knowing every stroke is played under poisonous pressure, the kind that could make their world come apart at any moment. Shane Lowry had been there before at the 2016 US Open, but this time around he was flawless. On the final day of The Open at Royal Portrush in July, he beamed his giant grin right back at the atrocious conditions and, after keeping the calmest of heads through 18 arduous holes, he raised the Claret Jug with an astonishing six shots to spare.

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