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Shane Lowry raises his arms in triumph as he walks up the 18th fairway during the last day of Open Championship at  Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

In this neck of the world where mythical giants – those of Fionn Mac Cumhaill of yore, or a vintage associated with Game of Thrones – have strode the (...)

Shane Lowry is the fifth Irish winner of the Open Championship. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has congratulated Irish golfer Shane Lowry on winning the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Co Antrim on Sunday(...)

 Ireland’s Shane Lowry during a press conference after winning the Claret Jug at Portrush. Photograph: PA

Irishman Shane Lowry staved off the biggest nerves of his golfing life and handled difficult conditions to win the British Open by six strokes amid em(...)

Shane Lowry reacts on the 18th hole during the final round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Shane Lowry’s victory at the 148th British Open Championship at Royal Portrush means that he becomes the sixth Irish golfer to win one of golf’s four (...)

Francesco Molinari hands the Claret Jug over to Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Monday A vintage black boxy Mercedes – registration number SLA 38H – arrived through the gates of Royal Portrush Golf Club. The significance? It date(...)

 Tommy Fleetwood of England reacts after his birdie on the 18th at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The apocalyptic rainfall forecast hadn’t quite reached Royal Portrush by lunchtime on Friday, the early starters greeted with benign conditions, inter(...)

 Ireland’s James Sugrue during the first round of the British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Ian Walton/Reuters

There was no chance that British Amateur champion James Sugrue was going to miss his 4am alarm clock call to tee it up alongside Darren Clarke and Cha(...)

First among equals here is Darren Clarke, local player, former Open champion, and the man chosen to tee off first and start the tournament. photogrpah: Ian Walton/Reuters

It’s not yet 6am, but Portrush is awake. Outside the gates of the Royal Portrush golf club, crowds of people queued to be the first into The British (...)

 Australia’s Adam Scott with his caddie during a practice round at Royal Portrush on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Paul Rodich has been a caddie in Royal Portrush man and boy, shouldering his first bag as a ‘looper’ at the tender age of 10, and 52 years later, he’s(...)

Ireland’s Pádraig  Harrington  practising for  the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Royal Portrush Golf Club’s return to the British Open rota of courses after a gap of 68 years is an historic moment. But could an even potentially mor(...)

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