Shane Lowry provided Ireland with a home winner after recorded a six-shot victory in the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
Lowry delighted the huge crowds at Portrush, which was staging the Open for the first time since 1951, as he lifted the Claret Jug and his first career major.
The 32-year-old mastered the Dunluce links and his rivals to finish on 15-under par and six shots clear of runner-up Tommy Fleetwood, who was his playing partner on a rain-hit final round.
Lowry had missed the cut in his four most recent Open appearances, but held his nerve like a champion to be crowned 2019 champion.
What Shane Lowry said
“This feels like an out-of-body experience. I can’t wait to wake up on Monday morning and find out what it’s going to feel like then. It’s just going to be incredible,” Lowry said.
“Golf is a weird sport and you never know what’s around the corner. I sat in the car park in Carnoustie, almost a year ago right to this week, and I cried.
“Golf wasn’t my friend at the time. It was something that become very stressful and it was weighing on me and I just didn’t like doing it. What a difference a year makes.”
Second time runner-up
Fleetwood was having to settle for the runners-up spot in a major for the second time in his career having previously finished second in the 2018 US Open.
Tony Finau was third on seven-under par, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood and Brooks Koepka.
Defending champion Francesco Molinari ended on three-under par after a final round five-under par 66.
It was a week to forget for pre-tournament favourite and course record holder Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut by a single shot having started with an eight-over par opening round.