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The Open 2019 The Open held at Royal Portrush, July 18-21, 2019

The Open 2019 - Final Day and what a Day!

Shane Lowry wins the 148th Open at Royal Portrush clear by 5 shots. He shot into the lead on saturday and never looked like loosing. Despite the weather conditions thousands of spectators followed him and Tommy Fleetwood around the Dunluce links to see an exhibit of classic links golf by both players. In an interview afterwards Shame Lowry said he ha d realised his childhood dreams and won The Open.

"I grew up holing putts to win The Open. It was always The Open," he said. "It's just incredible to be sitting here with the trophy in front of me. Look at the names on it. I couldn't believe it was happening."

"I hit my tee shot on 18 and I knew I was home and hosed," added Lowry, who says the Claret Jug will live on his kitchen table. "I knew I was going to have to fight to the very end, and I did. I let myself think about it on 17, enjoy it. But you're still hitting shots. It's links golf, there are bunkers, rough, all sorts can happen out there. "I let myself really, really enjoy it going down 18. It was incredible. The crowd was going wild singing 'ole ole'. I couldn't believe it was happening to me. "I tried to soak it in as much as I could. It was hard because it was a very surreal experience going down there."

"It's huge for Irish golf. It's big for Irish sport. People will have watched golf that never watched golf before," he said. "I'm home now. To be able to win it at home where it was so easy for people to make the trip up to watch me, to be able to go out and celebrate with local people is just very nice." Now he wants to use his maiden major success as a springboard to being picked for Europe to take on the United States at next year's Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. "The one thing you want to do is back up your success," said Lowry. "In the short term I'm going to enjoy this. "My big goal still remains the same and that is to be on the plane going to Whistling Straits next year - hopefully that involves a couple of wins along the way."

What another classic at Royal Portrush!

Final Round Leaderboard

-15 S Lowry (Ire); -9 T Fleetwood (Eng); -7 T Finau (US); -6 L Westwood (Eng), B Koepka (US); -5 R MacIntyre (Sco), T Hatton (Eng), D Willett (Eng), R Fowler (US); -4 P Reed (US)

Selected others:

-3 F Molinari (Ita), T Lewis (Eng), J Thomas (US), J Rahm (Spa); -1 L Oosthuizen (SA), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), J Spieth (US), J Rose (Eng); +2 R Knox (Sco), M Kuchar (US); +3 B Watson (US); +4 P Casey (Eng), G McDowell (NI); +5 J Furyk (US); +6 JB Holmes (US)

The Open 2019 - Day 2 Review

Ireland Shane Lowry Produced a 4 under par 67 to take a share of the lead with JB Holmes. Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood a shot back after great rounds by both of them.

Rory McIlroy agonisingly missed out on the cut at The Open. McIlroy's 79 on Thursday left him eight shots shy of the cut at one over, and he almost achieved his feat but failed to pick up birdie at the last.

Rory McIlroy told Sky Sports "Part of me is very disappointed not to be here for the weekend. I'm emotional but happy with how I played. "The support I got out there was incredible and you could see on the back nine, I went with it today and that's what I was planning to do all week. "Yesterday gave me a mountain to climb but I dug in and showed good resilience. "It's going to hurt for a bit. I've been looking forward to this week for a long time. "I didn't play my part but everyone in Northern Ireland came out to watch me and played theirs."

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The Open 2019 - Day 1 Review

The topic of the day will be Rory McIlroy's disaster of a 1st Round. He made a quadruple bogey on the first hole and triple bogey at the last as his bid for a home Open victory at Royal Portrush was left in tatters. Finishing eight over on 79.

JB Holmes is top of the leaderboard at 5 under. Irishman Shane Lowry, the early leader, is second on four under. World number one Brooks Koepka, seeking his fifth major since 2017, is among a pack of 13 two shots behind Holmes on three under. Two-time runner-up Sergio Garcia and the English trio of Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrell Hatton are in that group, as is New Zealander Ryan Fox, who recorded 29 coming in - the lowest total for a back nine in Open history.

Tiger Woods also had a poor round and is at +7, along with McIlroy it doesn't look good for the cut unless they can both pull out a touch of magic! But is it just a step too far? Even with the crowd behind them is it really possible? who know's! Perhaps the weather will be a factor on day 2 and help!

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The Open 2019 preview

The 2019 Open Championship will be the 148th Open Championship, held 18–21 July 2019 at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke will hit the opening tee shot at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, with Rory McIlroy out early. Clarke, who won the 2011 Open gets play under way at 06:35 BST on Thursday. McIlroy starts his quest to win a second Open at 10:09. Three-time champion Tiger Woods is out at 15:10. Woods will play with his Ryder Cup team-mate Patrick Reed and England's Matt Wallace.

Clarke said he did not hesitate to accept his early tee time when asked by R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers three weeks ago. "It's Royal Portrush, it's the first time it has been here for 68 years and I gladly accepted," Clarke said. "Sometimes it can also be a good draw teeing off so early." Asked if he will have tears in his eyes on Thursday morning, Clarke added: "No. I will just be proud that we have the Open back here in Northern Ireland. "It's a huge thing to have it back here and it's going to be an amazing tournament."

Day 1 - Tee Times

All times BST, (a) denotes amateurs

06:35 Charley Hoffman (US), Darren Clarke (NI), James Sugrue (a) (Ire)

06:46 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Sung Kang (Kor), Thomas Thurloway (a) (Eng)

06:57 Andy Sullivan (Eng), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (SA), Alexander Levy (Fra)

07:08 Zander Lombard (SA), Chan Kim (US), Brandon Wu (a) (US)

07:19 Richard Sterne (SA), Romain Langasque (Fra), Matthias Schmid (a) (Ger)

07:30 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Padraig Harrington (Irl), Andrew Putnam (US)

07:41 Eddie Pepperell (Eng), Bubba Watson (US), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)

07:52 Phil Mickelson (US), Shane Lowry (Ire), Branden Grace (SA)

08:03 Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Alex Noren (Swe), Sam Locke (Sco)

08:14 Webb Simpson (US), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Tpe)

08:25 Ryan Palmer (US), Andrea Pavan (Ita), Dylan Frittelli (SA)

08:36 Kyle Stanley (US), Robert Macintyre (Sco), Andrew Johnston (Eng)

08:47 Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Oliver Wilson (Eng), Curtis Knipes (a) (Eng)

09:03 Sungjae Im (Kor), Ian Poulter (Eng), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

09:14 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Xander Schauffele (US), Graeme McDowell (NI)

09:25 Haotong Li (Chn), Russell Knox (Sco), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)

09:36 Connor Syme (Sco), Jason Kokrak (US), Austin Connelly (Can)

09:47 Zach Johnson (US), David Duval (US), Corey Conners (Can)

09:58 Bryson DeChambeau (US), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Adam Scott (Aus)

10:09 Gary Woodland (US), Rory McIlroy (NI), Paul Casey (Eng)

10:20 Rickie Fowler (US), Kevin Kisner (US), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)

10:31 Si Woo Kim (Kor), Jim Furyk (US), Jimmy Walker (US)

10:42 Luke List (US), Alexander Bjork (Swe), Paul Waring (Eng)

10:53 Shugo Imahira (Jpn), Nate Lashley (US), Benjamin Hebert (Fra)

11:04 Mikumu Horikawa (Jpn), Callum Shinkwin (Eng), Garrick Porteous (Eng)

11:15 Matthew Baldwin (Eng), Prom Meesawat (Tha), Jack Senior (Eng)

11:36 Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Tom Lehman (US), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)

11:47 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Chris Wood (Eng)

11:58 Joel Dahmen (US), Adri Arnaus (Spa), Dimitrios Papadatos (Aus)

12:09 Rory Sabbatini (Svk), Stewart Cink (US), Inn-choon Hwang (Kor)

12:20 Erik Van Rooyen (SA), Kurt Kitayama (US), Jake McLeod (Aus)

12:31 Shaun Norris (SA), Ryan Fox (NZ), Dong-kyu Jang (Kor)

12:42 Keith Mitchell (US), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

12:53 Justin Thomas (US), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)

13:04 Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Brooks Koepka (US), Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)

13:15 Billy Horschel (US), Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Aaron Wise (US)

13:26 Jordan Spieth (US), Marc Leishman (Aus), Danny Willett (Eng)

13:37 Cameron Smith (Aus), Adam Hadwin (Can), David Lipsky (US)

13:48 Chez Reavie (US), Paul Lawrie (Sco), Justin Harding (SA)

14:04 Tom Lewis (Eng), Takumi Kanaya (a) (Jpn), Brandon Stone (SA)

14:15 Lucas Glover (US), Joost Luiten (Ned), Nino Bertasio (Ita)

14:26 J.B. Holmes (US), Ernie Els (SA), Abraham Ancer (Mex)

14:37 Brandt Snedeker (US), Lee Westwood (Eng), Brian Harman (US)

14:48 Justin Rose (Eng), Tony Finau (US), Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)

14:59 Dustin Johnson (US), Jason Day (Aus), Keegan Bradley (US)

15:10 Tiger Woods (US), Matt Wallace (Eng), Patrick Reed (US)

15:21 Patrick Cantlay (US), Jon Rahm (Spa), Matt Kuchar (US)

15:32 Kevin Streelman (US), Doc Redman (US), Robert Rock (Eng)

15:43 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Adrian Otaegui (Spa), Isidro Benitez (Mex)

15:54 Patton Kizzire (US), Sang Hyun Park (Kor), Yuki Inamori (Jpn)

16:05 Yoshinori Fujimoto (Jpn), Doyeob Mun (Kor), Andrew Wilson (Eng)

16:16 Gunn Charoenkul (Tha), Yosuke Asaji (Jpn), Ashton Turner (Eng)

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