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21st Jul 2019

Shane Lowry had everyone in stitches with his press conference remark

Patrick McCarry

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is handling these packed out press conferences as well as the Royal Portrush links course, this week.

Shane Lowry was fresh from a course record of 63 on the ‘new’ set-up at Portrush, when he faced the media to look ahead to what could be a day of destiny.

The 32-year-old has roared into a four-shot lead at The Open Championship after carding rounds of 68, 68 and 63. The very best in world golf have been left in his wake and even the greatest golfing legend of all time has been raving about his performance.

After signing off on a spectacular third round, Lowry went into a jammed media tent and had the press hanging on his every word.

Having let a similar lead slip at the 2016 US Open, at Oakmont, Lowry acknowledged he is far from home and hosed, but his sense of perspective was impressive.

Ahead of his blistering round of 63, Lowry had told reporters:

“Look, I’m obviously going to be thinking about it [winning The Open]. There’s no point in shying away from it. I’m in a great position. But, my God, have we got a long way to go…

“Oakmont was so long ago and I was a lot younger,” he added. “I feel like if I get the opportunity this week I’ll be better. I don’t think… what am I trying to say? I’m trying to say it definitely won’t affect me what happened in Oakmont. Obviously I’ve got over that.”

He then went out and backed up his words before attempting to put his epic outing into words. His tongue-tied remarks certainly had the press pack laughing:

“If you know what I’m saying, that’s what I’m gonna… I don’t really know what I’m saying, to be honest!

“It’s been a long day, lads! You get me!”

With a victory in Abu Dhabi, at the start of the year, qualification for The Masters, a tie for 8th at the US PGA, 2nd at the RBC Canadan Open, 3rd at The Heritage and a steady climb up the world rankings, this has been Shane Lowry’s best year since turning pro in 2009.

He insists that a blissful family life has been his rock and he spoke well about spending quality time with his wife and Iris, his daughter, after the tournament.

“No matter what I shoot on Sunday,” he said, “my two-year-old will be there waiting for me.”

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