More pluck than luck in Shane Lowry’s winning Open charge

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More pluck than luck in Shane Lowry’s winning Open charge

Ten years since amateur triumph, Lowry’s career comes full circle on Irish soil at Portrush in The Open

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Shane Lowry burst onto the professional scene with an incredible victory as an amateur at the Irish Open a decade ago, and he delivered again on Sunday by romping to a memorable British Open triumph at a windswept Royal Portrush.

The 32-year-old became only the second player from the Republic of Ireland to win the Claret Jug, after Padraig Harrington, to the delight of the home crowds as The Open was given a dream result on its return to Northern Ireland after a 68-year absence.

The stunning six-shot win, after leading by four strokes overnight, also banished the demons of Lowry’s collapse when four clear in the 2016 US Open at Oakmont...

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