Lowry can’t fathom his Open victory just yet

As the attention of the golfing world turned to this week’s WGC-St Jude Classic in Memphis, Shane Lowry is still refusing to let the Claret Jug out of his grasp.

The Offaly man was primed for a hectic Clara homecoming earlier this week and an emotional reunion with his 82-year-old grandmother.

Shane Lowry Shane Lowry celebrates with the Open trophy (Credit: PGA Tour)

Lowry attended a press conference in Dublin on Tuesday where he said his stunning victory on Northern Irish soil at Royal Portrush is still far from sinking in, and with madcap celebrations showing no signs of slowing down.

“I haven’t taken it out of my hands,” said Lowry, of the famed Claret Jug.  “It’s amazing. There’s so much history on it, there are names from 1872 on this. It’s incredible. The fact that my name’s on there, I can’t believe it.”

“I don’t know if I thought I’d ever win a major, but to win The Open at Portrush is a dream come true. When the dust settles at the end of the week I’ll start to realise what I’ve achieved.”

“I’m obviously enjoying this now but then I’ll begin to enjoy it a bit more because it’s been a crazy couple of days. I’m looking forward to the dust settling and just relaxing.

“The celebrations are still kind of ongoing, so I’m going back home. It will be good fun.

“I had a good party on Sunday night when we got back to Dublin and had a nice day with friends yesterday.”

The 32-year-old has been left in awe of the outpouring of emotion across the Emerald Isle, and with a home winner on The Open’s historic return to Portrush for the first time in 68 years.

Lowry expects family support to help him fathom his achievement, although his grandmother is now a star in her own right after revealing she had allowed herself a brandy for the first time in 10 years.

The Portrush grandstands morphed into football terraces on Saturday night, as Lowry stormed into a commanding lead he never relinquished.

“Myself and my wife were talking about it yesterday,” said Lowry. “It is a bit overwhelming but I haven’t really seen it all yet. I’ve barely had time to be on my phone or do anything.”

“Come the weekend, when I’m able to sit at home and read about it and see the magnitude of it, I’ll realise what it is.”

“Everybody was talking to me about my granny yesterday. She is a great woman, she’s been great to me over the years.”

“We grew up down the road from her, so we were able to walk down the road to her house.”

“I’m very close to her and I’m very excited to get down there and see her. She’s the one I’m most looking forward to seeing.”

Reflecting on the phenomenal backing of the partisan Irish crowd, Lowry added:

“The support in Portrush was just incredible. I couldn’t believe it. I knew the crowds would be quite good but it’s hard to put into words what it was like.”

“Sunday was great obviously but Saturday evening was something that I never thought I’d witness on a golf course, let alone it be for me.”

“So, I’ll look back on that now when the dust settles with very fond memories.”

“I said to Bo (caddie Brian Martin) walking down 18 on Saturday ‘We might never experience anything like this ever again, so let’s enjoy it as much as we can’.”