The recent Open championship was the final major of the season and took place at the Royal Portrush Golf club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This was the 148th edition of the tournament and the second time it at taken place at this venue. It was a very well supported event for punters, similar to football for example. Both have proved popular for punters when using the best offers available at Rory McIlroy started as the pre-tournament favourite but following a poor start was unable to challenge. However, another local player in the shape of Shane Lowry was, as the 32 year old landed his first career major.

He had originally started as an outsider but posted a stunning performance with a score of 269.

First Round

The first round finished with J.B. Holmes sitting in first, following an opening score of 66, putting him five under par. Lowry also posted a positive start with a score of 67 and four under par. There was then a whole host of players on three under that included the likes of world number one Brooks Koepka. The latter had started amongst the favourites following winning four of the last ten majors.

Second Round

Holmes and Lowry again put in impressive rounds that saw them taking a share for the lead following the second round on eight under par. Holmes scoring 68 and Lowry again posting 67. This gave them a one shot lead going into the third round ahead of English pair Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood. Brooks Koepka posted 69, which meant he was now three shots off the front pair.

Third Round

Shane Lowry hit an eight under par 63 to break the course record since it was remodelled in 2016. This also meant his 197 set a new 54 hole scoring record at the Open. A record that had stood since 1996 through Tom Lehman’s 198. This also meant he took a commanding four shot lead into the final day. Lowry became the 12th player since 2000 to be leading a major by four or more strokes. Fleetwood posted 66 meaning he was a clear second on 12 under. Holmes dropped to third with ten under and Koepka finished the third round on nine under.

Final Round

There was very difficult weather conditions on the final day, which led to hardly any players posting impressive rounds. Lowry scored 72, which meant a 269 total and 15 under par. This meant he claimed the victory by six shots from Tommy Fleetwood, with Tony Finau in third on seven under. Koepka posted yet another impressive major performance finishing in a tie for fourth on six under.