Ten Notes to Know: The Open, Final Round

July 21, 2019
Justin Ray

1. Shane Lowry won The Open Championship by six strokes for his first career major victory. Lowry is just the fourth player in the last 100 years to win his first major championship by a margin of six shots or more, joining Tiger WoodsLouis Oosthuizen, and Rory McIlroy.

2. Lowry is just the seventh player in the last 100 years to win The Open by six strokes or more. The list of other players to do it is impressive: OosthuizenWoodsJohnny MillerArnold PalmerWalter Hagen and Bobby Jones.

3. Lowry entered the final round with a four-shot lead, the same margin he held after the third round of the 2016 U.S. Open. Because Shane won Sunday, Greg Norman remains the only player in major championship history to lose multiple 54-hole leads of four strokes or more.

4. Ten years after taking the Irish Open title as an amateur, Shane Lowry is the Champion Golfer of the Year. Lowry is the fifth player since 1960 to win both the Irish Open and The Open Championship. The others in that span: McIlroySir Nick FaldoSeve Ballesteros and Padraig Harrington.

5. Tommy Fleetwood finishes alone in second place, the second time he has finished runner-up in a major championship (2018 U.S. Open). Tommy hit just eight greens in regulation in Sunday’s brutal weather conditions, five fewer than he did in any other round this week.

6. Brooks Koepka finished tied for fourth, becoming just the fourth player in the modern era to finish top-four in every major in a season. Koepka joins Jordan Spieth in 2015, Woods in 2005 and Jack Nicklaus in 1973 in that exclusive club.

7. Koepka wrapped up his major championship season 36-under-par, the third-best cumulative score in a major season over the past three decades. Only Spieth in ’15 (-54) and Woods in 2000 (-53) have been better in that span.

8. Lee Westwood finished tied for fourth, his 12th career top-five finish in the major championships. In the history of the game, only Harry Cooper has more top-five finishes in majors without a win, with 13. Westwood, age 46, was bidding to become the oldest first-time winner in major championship history.

9. Robert MacIntyre finished tied for sixth in his major championship debut. In doing so, he became the first player from Scotland to finish in the top-ten in is Open Championship debut since Andrew Kirkaldy in 1879.

10. J.B. Holmes had a disastrous final round, shooting a 16-over-par score of 87. Incredibly, it is the highest final round score shot by anyone at The Open since Lew Taylor shot 87 in 1966 at Muirfield.