Six shots clear coming up the 18th hole the Offaly man could afford to smile and wave to the crowd.
In a workshop behind the scenes, his name was being engraved onto the base of the famous trophy, perhaps at an earlier time than any since 1968 when the tradition was first instigated.
Since Tiger Woods changed golf, winning his first Major Championship in 1997, there have been 49 individual players that have secured one of Golf’s four most important titles.
In case there was any doubt that Ireland has enjoyed a golden period in that time here is a breakdown of the countries that have supplied those winners:
United States: 26 Players Winning 52 Majors
Ireland: 5 Players Winning 10 Majors
Australia: 4 Players Winning 4 Majors
England: 2 Players Winning 2 Majors
South Africa: 2 Players Winning 2 Majors
Fiji: 1 Player Winning 1 Major
Spain 1 Player Winning 1 Major
Scotland 1 Player Winning 1 Major
Argentina 1 Player Winning 1 Major
Canada 1 Player Winning 1 Major
Korea 1 Player Winning 1 Major
Sweden 1 Player Winning 1 Major
Italy 1 Player Winning 1 Major
All five of Ireland’s Major winners were in action over the course of the last week and it was great to see Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington there to welcome Lowry off the 18th Green after he joined their pretty exclusive club.
With the success of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on the European Tour and the real prospect of the open Championship returning to Royal Portrush within the next five years, Golf on the island of Ireland has perhaps never been in better shape.
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