It had been a very masterful show, because the 32-year-old from County Offaly fired a shocking 63 to surge to 16 beneath and take a four-shot lead into the ultimate day Sunday.
The world No.33 will play within the remaining group alongside English Ryder Cup hero Tommy Fleetwood, who shot 66, with American JB Holmes two additional again at 10 beneath.
The bearded Lowry has missed the minimize in his final 4 Open Championships, however he has tapped right into a particular supply this week.
He grinned and shook his head because the roars punctuated the nonetheless Portrush air as he solid clear whereas the pack shuffled consistently behind him.
The Open hasn’t been to those elements in 68 years and the native followers have been decided to benefit from the event.
“That was probably the most unimaginable day I’ve had on a golf course,” he instructed reporters with a twinkle in his eyes afterward.
“I simply needed to maintain making putts to listen to these roars.”
At one stage he instructed his caddie Brian “Bo” Martin, who’s from Ardglass, an hour or so to the south, to benefit from it.
“I mentioned to Bo strolling off the 17th tee, ‘We would by no means have a day like this on the golf course once more. So let’s take pleasure in this subsequent half hour.'”
‘Roaring in your face’
Lowry was serenaded with the European Ryder Cup chant “ole, ole, ole” as he walked up the 18th, and the occasion songs, together with his title added to the lyrics, rang out over the course lengthy after he’d left the sector.
The soundtrack was nonetheless going as Lowry started his press convention, however he says he will not get rattled by the depth of the group’s help Sunday.
“Actually, strolling from the inexperienced to the subsequent tee, the persons are actually a yard away from you roaring in your face as loud as they will,” he mentioned.
“I assumed I handled it very nicely and hopefully I do the identical Sunday.”
Lowry’s earlier finest end in a significant was on the 2016 US Open at Oakmont, when he led by 4 after three rounds however collapsed on the ultimate day with a 76 to complete behind Dustin Johnson.
He was requested about that Friday night time, and mentioned he is a “completely completely different individual now.”
When the identical query got here Saturday, Lowry laughed. “I used to be ready for that.”
“I discovered a number of issues that day about taking part in within the remaining spherical of a significant with a lead, that it’s essential to simply cling in till the final minute,” he mentioned. “You by no means know what can occur.”
Sunday’s climate forecast is for rain and robust winds later, inflicting Open organizers to maneuver the tee time ahead by a few hours.
Lowry would not consider the dangerous climate offers any of the leaders any specific benefit, and added: “There is a good leaderboard behind me.
“There is not any level in saying to exit and luxuriate in myself as a result of it’ll be a really tense and really troublesome day.
“So I’ll take the dangerous photographs on the chin and I’ll take the nice photographs and attempt to capitalize on that.”
‘We’re not robots’
Later in his relaxed press convention, Lowry was requested how he’ll put together Saturday night on the home he’s renting together with his household and buddies.
“I would been mendacity if I mentioned Love Island wasn’t on TV,” he grinned, earlier than including: “I am going to go to mattress fascinated with holding the Claret Jug tomorrow night.
“It is solely pure, is not it? We’re human. We’re not robots. We won’t not take into consideration issues. And if you strive not to consider one thing you find yourself fascinated with it extra, so that you would possibly as nicely discuss it.”
Looming giant — albeit seven strokes again — in a tie for fourth is world No.1 Brooks Koepka.
The American has received 4 of his final 9 majors and completed second, first, second in majors this yr.
He’s nicely conscious how shortly huge leads can vanish after shedding a seven-shot benefit earlier than profitable the US PGA at Bethpage in Could.
“The final time Shane had the lead at Oakmont we noticed that,” he mentioned, mentioning Lowry’s misfortune.
Fleetwood has additionally completed second in a US Open — behind Koepka at Shinnecock Hills in 2018 — and says he’ll relish the problem.
“The environment for us as golfers was simply nice,” he mentioned. “I cherished it. For or towards you, you may’t assist however recognize and love what as we speak was and what Sunday goes to be. it’ll be a really special occasion.”