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Just a few weeks ago, Shane Lowry was quietly going about his business, enjoying a solid if unspectacular season.

Then he won The Open at Royal Portrush and everything changed.

The Irishman makes his first competitive appearance since securing his maiden major title three weeks ago when he tees it up in today’s opening round of The Northern Trust on the PGA Tour.

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Much of the last few weeks have been spent enjoying the fruits of his labour in Northern Ireland and, whilst he admits the enormity of his achievement has “not fully sunk in yet”, he has noticed one particularly amusing way in which his life has already changed.

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“The fans are not calling me ‘Beef’ or ‘J.B. Holmes’ out there,” he laughed. “That’s a plus.”

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Lowry added that he’s still adjusting to being the ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’ and having has name engraved on the Claret Jug.

“It’s almost like you have to pinch yourself,” he told ESPN. “I’m sure it’s something over the coming weeks or months, or however long it takes, it will sink in.

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“I honestly feel very fortunate to have done something like that. It’s like a dream come true.

“No matter what happens with me the next few weeks, it’s all bonus territory for me. I’m just going to go out and give it my best shot and see where it leaves me.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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