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Lowry was immense - Westwood

21st July 2019, 19:05 by James Mason

Lee Westwood has praised Shane Lowry's display on Sunday after the Irishman clinched The 2019 Open Championship.

Englishman Westwood, who is regarded as one of the best players not to have won a Major, was unable to card a stunning final round to close the gap at Royal Portrush and had to settle for a share of fourth position alongside Brooks Koepka on -6.

It was Shane Lowry, who had a four-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes, who managed to handle the gruesome conditions best as the wet weather and fierce winds hit the Northern Irish venue.

The 32-year-old Irishman battled to a one-over-par 72 to finish the tournament on -15 and clinch the famous Claret Jug, becoming the 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year.

Speaking about Lowry's performance after the round, Westwood lavished praise on the champion and his ability to handle the pressure that was on his shoulders throughout the week.

"He's done brilliantly," he told Sky Sports. "All the chasers would have wanted tough conditions and he's played - clearly played brilliantly, hasn't he, to be on the score he has under the pressure he's under."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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