Lowry Back To Work After Fortnight-Long Open Championship Celebration

New Open Champion Shane Lowry and his young family have arrived in New Jersey for this week’s Northern Trust.

The $US  9.25m event is the opening tournament of the three-event FedEx Cup Play-Off Series and with Lowry making his debut in the Series.

It’s also a case of ‘back to work’ for the Royal Portrush victory hero and after a fortnight’s celebrating in capturing the Claret Jug.

Indeed, the Claret Jug has hardly been out of Lowry’s hands since his stunning six-shot triumph.

Shane Lowry ends a fortnight of celebration to cross ‘The Pond’ for this week;s Northern Trust (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Though golf’s most famous trophy will be staying in Ireland as the Lowry’s crossed ‘The Pond’ and at currently 20th on the FedEx table Ireland’s sixth Major Champion is almost assured of contesting all three ‘Play-Off Series’ events.

That will include the season-ending Tour Championship starting August 22nd in Atlanta and where the winner will scoop a $10m bonus pool payout.

Lowry has never finished a PGA Tour season higher than 80th on the money list and that was 2016.

Also, he’s never previously contested a Play-Off Series event having struggled the past two years to end a year 125th on the money list or higher.

Now, and with a 10-year Tour exemption, Lowry will join the Tour’s 125 leading money-earners this season competing on the Liberty National course with the backdrop being one of most famous statues in the world – the Statue of Liberty.

Teeing-up with Lowry will be fellow Irishman Rory McIlroy having missed the cut by a shot at The Open but with he and wife, Erica looking forward to having dinner with the Lowry’s in nearby New York.

“I texted Shane saying to him, we need to all go out for dinner in New York and have a couple of celebratory drinks,” said McIlroy.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing him and just so happy for him.”

Meantime –

Paul McGinley secured his best finish all season sharing ninth place at the European Senior Tour’s PGA Championship at the London Club in Kent.

McGinley birdied his opening two holes and then two of his closing four but was left ruing dropping four shots mid-round in a score of 72 for an 11-under par total.

Welshman Philip Price posted a 67 to win by two shots at 17-under par.


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