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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Articles tagged: 2019 British Open

Shane Lowry, dad Brendan share awesome moment after Open victory

Shane Lowry put the finishing touches on a magical week at The Open Championship on Sunday, and no one was more excited about the victory than his old man.

Lowry’s father, Brendan, was probably the most animated person at the 18th green as Shane closed out his final round at Royal Portrush. The two shared an awesome moment as Lowry walked off the green.

What made the win so special is that the Open was held in Northern Ireland this year. Lowry and his family are from neighboring Ireland, but he had plenty of support from the 200,000-plus fans who attended the event throughout the week and weekend.

Brendan Lowry is actually famous in his own right, as he was a popular Gaelic football player in the 1980s. Watching him and Shane celebrate together was one of the best moments of the 2019 Open Championship.

Watch: Henrik Stenson snaps club over leg after horrible shank

Henrik Stenson was one of a number of golfers who struggled in the tough conditions during the final round of The Open Championship on Sunday, and his emotions got the best of him late in the day.

Stenson’s second shot at the par-4 17th hole was a shank in every sense of the word. After positioning himself perfectly off the tee, he hit the ball off the end of his club and straight into a collection of fans. He then snapped his iron over his leg in frustration.

Stenson, who won The Open back in 2016, rarely shows that much emotion. He’s actually the second player we have seen snap a club over his leg during a major championship this year.

Tiger Woods injury watch starts early at British Open

Tiger Woods has battled back from a number of significant injuries over the past several years to regain his spot as one of the top golfers in the world, and the concern that he might be hurt again began immediately at The Open Championship on Thursday.

Woods appeared to grimace on his first tee shot at Portrush. The shot was pulled and ended up in the tall fescue, so it’s possible he was just unhappy with the swing. Still, Golf Channel broadcaster Nick Faldo and others saw it as a cause for concern.

For what it’s worth, Tiger ended up making an excellent par after his second shot ended up in a bunker.

Tiger has chosen not to play much since he won the Masters back in April, and that has led to speculation that he could be hurting and trying to allow himself as much recovery time as possible. When you consider what he said about his injuries a while back, it’s possible experiencing some pain from time to time is simply the norm for him at this point.

David Duval cards a 13 on disastrous hole at British Open

The Open Championship has always been one of the most difficult tournaments in golf, and David Duval showed us a prime example on Thursday of the way it can break a player’s spirits.

Duval, who won the Open back in 2001, had one of the most disastrous first rounds of a major tournament in recent memory. He got off to a great start and was 2-under through the first four holes, but it was all downhill from there. Duval made a quadruple-bogey on the 5th hole and a double on the 6th, and that wasn’t even close to the worst of it.

Duval hit three tee shots on the par-5 7th, thinking there was a chance that his first two were lost. He initially ended up with a 15 on the hole, but it was later changed to a 13. Duval apparently thought he had been playing his third provisional for a few shots before realizing it was actually his second. When the mess was sorted out, he ended up with a 13.

Duval, 47, lost his PGA Tour card in 2011. He was allowed entry into the 2019 Open because he won the major back in 2001, but he might wish he declined the invite after the way things unfolded on Thursday.