32-year old Irishman Shane Lowry endured harsh weather, the worst of the week, to win The Open by six shots at Royal Portrush in Norther Ireland.
“I can’t believe this is me standing here,” Lowry said, according to ESPN. “I can’t believe this is mine.”
Lowry braved rain and strong winds to close with a 1-over 72, the first time since 1996 the Open champion was over par in the final round, and finish with a 15- under 269.
Royal Portrush last hosted The Open 68 years ago in 1951, the only time it had been outside Scotland and England, and heading into the event all eyes were on countrymen Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut by one shot.
“Everyone knows we’re all one country when it comes to golf,” Lowry said.
“I didn’t feel great out there. It was probably the most uncomfortable I’ve ever felt on a golf course,” Lowry said. “You’re out there trying to win an Open in your home country, and it’s just incredibly difficult.”