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.
What do Kevin Stadler, Shane Lowry and Brendon de Jonge have in common? For starters, they are all professional golfers who were put in the same grouping for the first two rounds of the US Open. They also weigh well over 200 pounds each. Is that why they are playing together at Pinehurst?
The USGA has a history of pairing golfers together at the US Open based on common traits. For example, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel — all former Masters champions — are playing together. Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell made up a threesome of former US Open winners.
You can probably see where this is going. There’s a good chance that Lowry, Stadler and de Jonge were paired together because they are all fat guys. Stadler’s caddie Shannon Wallis even referred to them as “the heavyweights.” Lowry doesn’t think the joke is funny.
“When I saw it, I was pretty annoyed,” Lowry said, noting that he has lost 18 pounds in the last six months. “I think it’s very cheeky of the USGA to do what they’ve done. I don’t think it’s fair to the three of us. It’s a mockery, to be honest.”
Stadler also seemed somewhat offended, though he cracked a joke about it.