The 32-year-old weathered troublesome situations and the stress of holding onto a sizeable in a single day result in beat England’s Tommy Fleetwood by six strokes, with American Tony Finau third.
He turns into solely the second participant from Eire to win a significant after Padraig Harrington gained three between 2007 and 2008.
The world No.33’s earlier greatest main end was second within the US Open in 2016 after he blew a four-shot lead going into the ultimate day.
However not this time.
Regardless of having missed the minimize in his final 4 Opens, Lowry appeared impervious to the intervals of lashing rain, fierce gusts and expectation, each from inside and from the feverish followers, who roared him onto and off each inexperienced and tee.
In tandem with caddie Brian “Bo” Martin he plotted his approach round Portrush’s celebrated Dunluce hyperlinks, providing no alternatives for the chasing pack and maintaining his head when he made errors.
Or so it appeared.
“I stored telling Bo how nervous I used to be,” stated Lowry, who revealed a key speak together with his coach Neil Manchin at Bushmills on the eve of the match satisfied him he was ok to contend.
Regardless of a bogey on the first he edged clear to guide by six after seven holes and once more after 10 and 15.
It had grow to be a two-horse race with Fleetwood, who additionally had loads of assist given his European Ryder Cup heroics, however one by which the second runner was lagging from the off.
Fleetwood was additionally chasing his first main title after a runner-up spot within the 2018 US Open, however he simply could not get shut sufficient to rattle Lowry.
Lowry’s father Brendan, a well-known former Gaelic footballer, adopted contained in the ropes, watching on nervously regardless of his son’s seemingly easy passage to glory.
“He is everybody’s son in Eire at this time,” stated former European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance on TV commentary.
Smiling and together with his arms thrust in his body-warmer pockets, Lowry junior walked as much as the lofty 18th tee with a six-shot lead and the European Ryder Cup chant “ole, ole, ole” ringing throughout him.
His drive bisected the golf green and he blew out his cheeks and appeared up into the sky.
If the reception for Rory McIlroy after his valiant try to make the minimize Friday had been emotional, the wall of noise that greeted Lowry was thunderous and jubilant.
When his second shot discovered the inexperienced he raised each arms and hugged Martin, lastly unlocking a full beaming grin that lit up the in any other case gloomy Portrush afternoon.
“I could not imagine it was taking place to me, I attempted to soak it in however it was surreal,” he instructed reporters later in his press convention.
When Lowry stroked within the profitable putt he he was greeted by spouse Wendy and his younger daughter on the 18th inexperienced, earlier than hugs for the remainder of his household and associates.
“Wow,” stated Lowry after accepting the Claret Jug. “To have an Open at Royal Portrush on the island of Eire is simply superb.”
His eyes stuffed and his voice cracked as he added: “My mum and pop sacrificed a lot for me and I am simply glad I can hand them this trophy tonight.”
He was additionally hugged by Harrington and Portrush native Graeme McDowell, whose success because the 2010 US Open winner performed its half within the Open returning to Northern Eire for the primary time in 68 years. Portrush resident Darren Clarke’s 2011 Open win and McIlroy’s 4 majors from 2011-2014 had been additionally instrumental, as soon as the specter of Northern Eire’s Troubles receded.
Lowry gained his first European Tour occasion when nonetheless an beginner on the Irish Open in 2009 and clinched the final of his 4 titles in Abu Dhabi in January.
After lacking the minimize on the Open final yr, he sat within the automotive park at Carnoustie and cried.
“Golf wasn’t my pal,” he stated. “What a distinction a yr makes.”