Once labelled by world famous golf coach Pete Cowen as "the little fat lad with glasses," Ireland's Shane Lowry is now an Open champion following victory in front of his adoring home fans at Royal Portrush.
As reported in an interview with Golf Digest, golf instructor Cowen recalled a story of when he first saw Lowry swing a club when he was a fresh-faced teen in the Irish Boys squad.
Watching Lowry on the range at the time, Cowen was quick to praise the Irishman's game and even put his game up there with that of Northern Ireland's four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.
“Rory’s going to be great,” said Cowen at the time. “But there’s another good one out there. The little fat lad with the glasses.”
That was Lowry.
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Lowry was priced up with the bookmakers with odds bigger than 50/1 at the start of the week.
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was priced up at the start of the week at odds of more than 50/1.
Lowry, 32, clinched his first major title with a dominant six-stroke victory over England's Tommy Fleetwood on 15-under par.
“Shane hit the right shots, even if they weren’t always great shots,” Fleetwood said after a 74.
“But it was very difficult out there. He never lost control of himself. And he made some key putts at key times. He did better in those moments than I did today.”
Speaking after being presented with the Claret Jug on the 18th green, Lowry said: "What can I say? I just have so many people to thank, first of all the R&A for such a great event.
"To have an Open here on the island of Ireland and at Royal Portrush is amazing. I love this place and to be able to come here and play an Open was great.
"A lot of people in my backroom team: my coach Neil (Manchip), my caddie Bo, my management team - I definitely wouldn't be standing here without them."
Lowry fought back tears as he mentioned his parents, adding: "They sacrificed so much for me when I was younger and I'm so happy that I can hand them this trophy tonight.
"My wife and my little girl, to have them here today is just extra special. Last but not least the volunteers and all the fans, thank you so much, this one's for you."
The win comes a year after sacking his caddie after the first round of last year's Open en route to missing the cut for a fourth year in succession.
For Lowry, it marks a sense of redemption having blown his chance of winning the US Open three years ago.
Lowry had started the final round of that tournament with a four-stroke lead but his round of 76 saw him pipped to the line by Dustin Johnson.