This year’s Open really was one to remember! Full of highs and lows, with plenty of turbulent weather to shake the game up on the last day, it seemed like nobody could predict what was going to happen next! The event returned to the stunning Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951, setting the stage for an exciting weekend, showcasing some of the best the sport has to offer.
From the moment Rory McIlroy hit his first tee shot out of bounds, the writing was on the wall for a disastrous first day. To say the four-time major championship winner was on poor form is putting it lightly. He hit a double bogey on the 16th with a short miss on the putting green. His performance on the 18th really sealed his fate, taking six shots to land on the green. This is the same golfer who shot a competitive record at Portrush at just 16 years old! He had a stellar round on day two, scoring an incredible six-under-par 65, but that wasn’t quite enough. McIlroy’s Open ended at day two, missing the final cut by just one shot!
A Strong Start
Although the UK had a strong showing, USA were out in front on day one with J.B. Holmes’ five-under-par score of 66. After such a strong performance on the first day, he’d put himself in a fantastic position for the rest of the Open. On the final day, however, Holmes fell all the way from 3rd to a tie for 67th. Sunday’s poor weather must have got the better of him, as four double bogeys and a triple led to him scoring a 16-over-par 87.
Joining the Greats
Brooks Koepka has been on fire this year, and Royal Portrush wasn’t going to change that! Finishing the championship T-4, Koepka added to the ranks of players who have finished in the top five of all four majors in one year. He’s in illustrious company too, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth as the only golfer to achieve such a feat.
Close to the end of an already disappointing final day, Henrik Stenson shanked the ball on the 17th. The conditions proved difficult for many golfers on the final day, and Stenson was no exception. When the ball flew down the right side of the hole behind grandstands, the 2016 Open champion broke his iron in frustration! Despite the disappointing performance, it was an impressive snap. This is one golfer who hasn’t been skipping leg day!
And the Winner is…
Shane Lowry won his first major championship at Portrush this year! The Republic of Ireland native looked elated as he sank the putt on the 18th hole at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush. The atmosphere was incredible, with Lowry’s victory uniting the island in celebration of his victory. The Open will most likely return to this stunning course sooner than later after this year’s showing!
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