‘I think we might be celebrating for another couple of days’: Open winner Shane Lowry admits festivities are unlikely to stop any time soon
- Shane Lowry admits his Open celebrations are unlikely to stop any time soon
- The Irishman won the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush on Sunday
- Lowry finished 15-under par, six shots ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood
Shane Lowry is still refusing to let the Claret Jug out of his grasp, two days after his maiden major triumph at The Open.
The County Offaly man was primed for a hectic Clara homecoming on Tuesday evening and an emotional reunion with 82-year-old grandmother Emmy Scanlon.
Lowry said his stunning victory on Northern Irish soil at Royal Portrush is still far from sinking in, and with madcap celebrations showing no signs of slowing down.
Open winner Shane Lowry admits his celebrations are unlikely to stop any time soon
The Irishman celebrated with the Claret Jug and a pint in Dublin after winning The Open
‘I haven’t taken it out of my hands,’ said Lowry, of the famed Claret Jug.
‘It’s amazing. There’s so much history on it, there are names from 1872 on this. It’s incredible. The fact that my name’s on there, I can’t believe it.
‘I don’t know if I thought I’d ever win a major, but to win The Open at Portrush is a dream come true.
‘When the dust settles at the end of the week I’ll start to realise what I’ve achieved.
‘I’m obviously enjoying this now but then I’ll begin to enjoy it a bit more because it’s been a crazy couple of days. I’m looking forward to the dust settling and just relaxing.
‘The celebrations are still kind of ongoing, so I’m going back home. It will be good fun.
‘I had a good party on Sunday night when we got back to Dublin and had a nice day with friends yesterday.’
The 32-year-old claims to have been swamped by the outpouring of emotion across the island of Ireland, with a home winner on The Open’s historic return to Portrush for the first time in 68 years.
Lowry expects family support to help him fathom his achievement, although his grandmother is now a star in her own right after revealing she had allowed herself a brandy for the first time in 10 years.
The Portrush grandstands morphed into football terraces on Saturday night, as Lowry stormed into a commanding lead he never released.
The 32-year-old golfer kisses the Claret Jug as he celebrates his maiden major triumph
The Open winner posted this picture on social media on Monday morning after a wild night
The star of the show was somehow able to bask in the glory of the crowds chanting his name, and already appreciates that moment could prove a golfing peak.
‘Myself and my wife were talking about it yesterday,’ said Lowry. ‘It is a bit overwhelming but I haven’t really seen it all yet. I’ve barely had time to be on my phone or do anything.
‘Come the weekend, when I’m able to sit at home and read about it and see the magnitude of it, I’ll realise what it is.
‘Everybody was talking to me about my granny yesterday. She is a great woman, she’s been great to me over the years.
‘We grew up down the road from her, so we were able to walk down the road to her house.
‘I’m very close to her and I’m very excited to get down there and see her. She’s the one I’m most looking forward to seeing.’
Reflecting on the phenomenal backing of the partisan Irish crowd, Lowry added: ‘The support in Portrush was just incredible. I couldn’t believe it.
‘I knew the crowds would be quite good but it’s hard to put into words what it was like.
‘Sunday was great obviously but Saturday evening was something that I never thought I’d witness on a golf course, let alone it be for me.
‘So I’ll look back on that now when the dust settles with very fond memories.
‘I said to Bo (caddie Brian Martin) walking down 18 on Saturday ‘We might never experience anything like this ever again, so let’s enjoy it as much as we can’.’