After a dramatic playoff win over England’s Robert Rock, Amateur Shane Lowry won the 3 Irish Open at Baltray Golf Club in County Louth this afternoon.
The 22 year old saw off a field including Current British Open champion Padraig Harrington with a display of immense skill and nerve to win his first professional tournament.
The outcome could have been very different, and so much less dramatic if Lowry had holed a four-foot putt on the 18th hole to win the tournament. He missed the short putt and the tournament went into a playoff with England’s Robert Rock. The playoff took 3 more attempts at the 18th hole to separate the professional and the amateur but it was the 22 year old Lowrie that won out.
The win guarantees him 2 years on the European tour, should he decide to turn professional something most commentators feel is imminent following today’s victory.
Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy has won his first ever European tour event.
The 19 year old, from Hollywood in County Down and who has been tipped by the Belfast Telgraph to rival Tiger Woods to be the World’s numbet one, held a two-stroke lead after Sunday’s completion of the third round. He held his lead to emerge victorious at the end of the tournament
Prior to today McIlroy’s greatest win was as a member of Europe’s winning 2004 Junior Ryder Cup team.
Winning a senior tour competition at just 19 years old, sets McIlroy up to be one of the world’s greats and will put Irish golf firmly on the map again.
Thomas Kearney from Ballyliffin Golf Club
has joined the growing list of professional golfers from the North West of Ireland, the 24-year-old Inishowen man having recorded the first tournament win of his career last weekend – in the first event he had entered!
Not only did he win his first ever professional event, the San Antonio Open Championship in Texas, he had a full 10 shots to spare over his nearest challenger.
Kearney has been in America for the past three years and is currently attending the University of Texas where he will graduate next month with a Degree in General Business Administration