Judging by his nerve to construct on a four-shot lead within the face of eye-popping stress, he can be an asset to European captain Padraig Harrington’s aspect within the white-hot environment of Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in 2020.
The 32-year-old described the expertise of successful the Open as “surreal,” saying he cannot fairly consider he’s a serious champion.
“To do it right here in Portrush is much more particular, it’s a dream come true,” Lowry instructed CNN Sport within the Royal Portrush clubhouse throughout a whirlwind tour of media engagements.
“I did not know if I might obtain something like this and I’ve and I am actually going to take pleasure in it.”
‘Dream come true’
Lowry joins an illustrious roll name of latest success tales from the Republic of Eire and Northern Eire, alongside three-time main champion Harrington, Portrush’s Graeme McDowell the 2010 US Open champion, 2011 Open winner Darren Clarke and former world No.1 Rory McIlroy, who bagged 4 majors between 2011 and 2014.
And who needs to be considered one of his shut group of household and mates watching behind the 18th inexperienced however Harrington, who gained the Open in 2007 and 2008, and McDowell.
“Paddy and G-Mac (McDowell) are two actually good mates of mine now and I am simply so comfortable I can add my identify to the record of main champions,” he mentioned. “Like, you go into Paddy’s home and the Claret Jug is sitting on the kitchen desk, and I’ll have one on my kitchen desk as nicely.”
Now he has set his sights on making Harrington’s crew within the biennial Europe in opposition to the USA match subsequent 12 months.
“The Ryder Cup, that is the plan,” he added. “It was very sort of Paddy to attend for me on the 18th inexperienced.”
Golf is fickle
Lowry’s earlier greatest completed in a serious was tied second within the US Open at Oakmont in 2016 — however the sting within the tail was blowing a four-shot in a single day lead going into the ultimate spherical.
He suffered no such blips on a testing day at Portrush Sunday, feeding off the vigorous crowd and seemingly oblivious to the at instances torrential rain and gusty winds.
Lowry gained his first European Tour title — the 2009 Irish Open — when nonetheless an novice and added a fourth in Abu Dhabi in January.
However he missed his fourth consecutive lower within the Open at Carnoustie final 12 months and says he had fallen out of affection with the sport.
“Carnoustie, that simply reveals you ways fickle golf is,” mentioned Lowry, whose dad Brendan adopted his spherical Sunday. “Golf is a bizarre sport and also you by no means know what’s across the nook. That is why you want to battle by means of the dangerous instances.
“It was one thing that grew to become very traumatic and it was weighing on me and I simply did not like doing it. What a distinction a 12 months makes.”
McDowell instructed a narrative outlining Lowry’s early potential as a member of the Irish novice crew alongside McIIroy.
Famend coach Pete Cowen, mentor now to a number of main champions, was requested all the way down to Dublin to take a look at the squad and see what he thought. Based on McDowell, he mentioned: “Rory McIlroy appears fairly good, however that barely chubby child with the glasses appears good, too.” That was the younger Lowry.
Lowry additionally misplaced his PGA Tour card final 12 months however credit the turnaround in fortunes to the individuals round him, together with new caddie Bo Martin and coach Neil Manchip, who delivered a vital pep discuss over espresso at a resort in close by Bushmills on the eve of the Open.
“I suppose arduous work and perception in myself and perception from the individuals round me,” he instructed CNN of his reversal.
“I would not be right here with none of them.”
Lowry additionally says the attitude that comes from turning into a father to Iris, born in 2017, helps him to course of the dangerous days on the golf course.
“It has rather a lot. If issues did not go to plan [Sunday] I might have been unbelievably disillusioned however on the finish of the day you are going again to a heat house with a household.
“It might be worse.”
He gained the Open at Royal Portrush in entrance of an excited and proud house crowd.
It could not be a lot better.