Irish amateur Shane Lowry marked his stunning debut on the European Tour by claiming the Irish Open title. He became the third amateur ever to win on the European Tour. New Zealand’s Danny Lee emerged victorious at the Johnnie Walker Classic in February 2009. Pablo Martin of Spain won the Russian Open in 2007.
Shane Lowry won against Robert Rock of England on the third hole of a playoff. Lowry missed a three-foot putt and won on the last hole of the tough fourth round as both he and Rock ended at 17-under 271. He sealed victory finally on the third extra hole. “I don’t really know how I could miss that putt on the 72nd, and I just pulled it,” Lowry stated. He made par on the testing third attempt. Rock missed the green with his weak third shot.
Rory McIlroy had a brief encouraging word in his ear. “He told me ‘Don’t worry; just keep it going,’” Lowry said. McIlroy tied 45th in a rather disappointing week, but he was delighted for his friend. “This was indeed awesome,” he said. “Shane is a great guy. He thoroughly deserved this. It was incredible to survive a three-hole playoff.”
In the playoff, Rock somehow missed a 10-footer for win on the first hole. He though made a 9-footer and matched Lowry’s birdie at the second attempt. “I can’t really describe how I feel. I had an invite for playing here. I just wanted to make the cut. After I shot 62, I thought I could win,” Lowry stated.