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Birthday boy Sharma shoots career-best round as sensational Shane Lowry wins his first major title at the Open

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Posted by Admin 22 Jul 2019

Shubhankar Sharma was serenaded with a chorus of "happy birthday" by the spectators at the 18th green at the British Open on Sunday, before proceeding to pour in a 45-foot birdie putt.

 

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The 23-year-old finished his tournament with an excellent three-under-par 68 to finish three-over for the championship, currently enough for tied-51st."I'm not used to doing much on my birthday, but the last two birthdays have been very special," said Sharma.

 

 

"Last year I was in the Open as well. I was in a restaurant and the whole restaurant got up and sang "Happy Birthday" for me. Now to see the grandstand singing it, it's very, very special. "It's always special playing the Open. And this is just -- I couldn't ask for a better thing."

 

What an emotional win for Shane Lowry 

 

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Ireland's Shane Lowry claimed a first major championship win with a dominant six-shot victory on 15 under par amid raucous scenes at The Open. Lowry started the celebrations early, his arms aloft as he squeezed through the crowds who swarmed the 18th fairway at Northern Ireland's Royal Portrush.

 

 

"This feels like an out-of-body experience," said the 32-year-old. Lowry held his nerve in the wind and rain to shoot a one-over 72, with Tommy Fleetwood second on nine under.

 

 

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England's Fleetwood briefly threatened but a double bogey on the 14th effectively ended his challenge as he finished with a three-over 74. "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," added Lowry who was mobbed before he reached the green on the last hole. Thousands of partisan fans lined the 18th to cheer Lowry's victory procession and as he turned to embrace his caddie Brian 'Bo' Martin after hitting his second shot to the green, hundreds flooded the fairway ahead of him.

 

 

Lowry's name was already being engraved on the Claret Jug as he approached the 18th green as he soaked up the adulation from the thousands gathered to witness the biggest win of his career.

 

INTERESTING SNIPPETS

  • Shane Lowry wins first career major, marking the 11th major win by a first-timer in the last 16 majors; six-shot victory marks largest winning margin in a major since Martin Kaymer (2014 PGA Championship)
  • Brooks Koepka becomes the fifth player to finish top-five in all four majors in a single season (Jordan Spieth/2015, Rickie Fowler/2014, Tiger Woods/2000/2005, Jack Nicklaus/1971/1973; claims the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup for the first time.
  • Tommy Fleetwood posted two bogeys through 54 holes, the fewest in the field; records four bogeys in the final round to finish solo-second, his second runner-up in 18 major starts (2018 U.S. Open)
  • Tony Finau finishes solo-third, his best finish in 15 major appearances; marks sixth top-10, highlighted by three top-fives
  • Lee Westwood records 11 th top-five in 82 nd major; marks second-most major starts without a victory (Jay Haas/87)
  • Danny Willett (T6) earns first top-10 in a major since winning the 2016 Masters, a span of 14 major starts
  • After making the cut on the number, defending champion Francesco Molinari closed with a bogey-free 66

 

 

Day 1: Shubhankar Sharma sizzles at T-21, JB Holmes leads and Woods, Rory endure nightmare at the Open

Day 2: Super Shubhankar makes cut yet again; Woods, Rory exit as Lowry, Holmes lead at the Open

Day 3: Birthday Boy Shubhankar Sharma slips to T-72 as Shane Lowry continues his hot streak at the Open 

 

 

 

(AFP, BBC)

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