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Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush Golf Club. His three-round total of 197 is the lowest  in the history of the British Open.  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Shane Lowry’s 63, a course record, was a round for the ages. Cast in the role of a golfing troubadour he enchanted the galleries with the calibre of h(...)

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(...)

Supporters at Shane Lowry’s home golf club, Esker Hills Golf Club, Tullamore, celebrate his victory. Photogrpah: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

The Offaly Faithful were glued to the televisions in the clubhouse as their hero closed in on the British Open. Esker Hills in Tullamore, where Shane(...)

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 (...)

Shane Lowry hits from the rough on the final day of the  Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

At the 18th hole, the Irish were waiting. All day it felt like magic was in the making at Royal Portrush; the first British Open golf championship to (...)

Rory McIlroy  reacts on the 6th tee during the second round of the 148th Open Championship  at Royal Portrush on Friday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If you’ve never been to Portrush, it’s one of those stubbornly 20th-century coastal towns that is entirely self-contained. Big windows and high roofs,(...)

Alan Rownan (right) and his dad share a love of golf.

“How are things in London?” “Ah grand,” I say, “all good back home?” “Well, I was hitting the ball great at the range yesterday, don’t know what hap(...)

 Rory McIlroy in the rough on the 18th hole during the first round of the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s opening round was book-ended by disasters, a quadruple bogey at one end, a triple at the other. This wasn’t how it was meant to be, as (...)

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 (...)

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