Shane Lowry played superbly throughout The 148th Open on his way to a runaway victory, but his best performance undoubtedly came in a record-breaking third round.
Having reached the halfway point of the Championship tied for the lead at 8 under alongside J.B. Holmes, Lowry already had generated great excitement at Royal Portrush.
Yet few could have anticipated what the Irishman would to deliver that Saturday at The Open.
On a day that will live long in the memory of those who were in attendance, Lowry surged clear of the field in breathtaking fashion, opening up a four-shot advantage with a 63 that set a course record following Portrush’s remodelling in 2016.
The raw statistics of Lowry’s round were impressive enough. He collected eight birdies, did not drop a single shot and hit 17 out of 18 greens in regulation.
The fact the man from Clara played so well amid an increasingly frenzied atmosphere was all the more incredible, as a huge crowd revelled in the prospect of celebrating a Champion Golfer from the island of Ireland.
To continue reading about Lowry’s stunning 63 at Royal Portrush, go to https://www.theopen.com/Latest/Great-Open-Rounds-Shane-Lowry-Portrush-63.