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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# The Open

Last year
2022
# Golf
Harrington makes strong start to be two shots off lead at The Senior Open in Scotland
A first round 66 for last month’s US Senior Open winner.
AS IT HAPPENED
Cameron Smith denies McIlroy with super Sunday at The Open
Cameron Smith lit up St Andrews with a brilliant 64 to win the 150th Open Championship.
# emotional day
Shane Lowry annoyed and disappointed as putting problems dash Open hopes
Lowry eagled the ninth and 10th holes, only for three bogeys to drop him back down the leaderboard.
# The Open
Lowry makes back-to-back eagles while Fleetwood sets early clubhouse target at the Open
It has been a day where low scoring dominates at the Open.
# too slow
Matt Fitzpatrick blasts pace of play in 150th Open at St Andrews as a ‘joke’
Players found themselves waiting for long periods on tee boxes and also for second shots into greens.
# Golf
Limping Tiger slumps to six-over on Open return, Harrington finishes three-under
St Andrews is hosting the 150th Open.
# The Open
Ian Poulter gets rough reception at St Andrews as injury rules out Justin Rose
Rose pulled out of the 150th Open Championship just before his scheduled 8.14am tee time.
# Tread Carefully
Banning LIV players from next year's Open 'not on the agenda'
The R&A chief excutive also did not rule out changing the championship’s entry criteria.
# Golf
'The worst two hours of my life!' - The Galway qualifier for The Open at St Andrews
Salthill’s Ronan Mullarney makes his Major debut this week.
# Shane Lowry
'Somebody will do it next week and it will be one of the most special weeks of their whole lives - I just hope it's me'
Shane Lowry looks ahead to next week’s historic Open Championship at St Andrews.
# Irish Golf
Galway and Dublin golfers qualify in final spots for The Open at St Andrews
36-holes of final Qualifying took place on Tuesday across four venues.
All time
# exciting
Royal Portrush will host The Open again in 2025
Shane Lowry won the Claret Jug there in 2019.
# History Maker
American Collin Morikawa seals thrilling two-shot victory on Open debut
Defending champion Shane Lowry finished in a tie for 12th.
# TIGHT AT THE TOP
Koepka makes late charge, Lowry climbs leaderboard at the Open
Rory McIlroy finished at level par after shooting a 71 on Sunday.
# Gutted
Rory McIlroy throws club in frustration after losing momentum on moving day
Ulsterman tossed his club in anger following a wayward tee shot on the 14th.
# Flying the flag
McIlroy relieved just to make the cut at the Open, Lowry in contenion after stunning 65
‘I’m just trying to play my own game and not even look at the board,’ says McIlroy.
# Leader
Louis Oosthuizen boasts two-shot lead after setting Open halfway total record
The South African added a 65 to his opening 64 for a total of 129 after the first two rounds.
# Open admission
Bryson DeChambeau expresses regret over 'very unprofessional' driver rant
The big-hitting American endured a rollercoaster one-over-par first round at The Open yesterday.
# The Open
Shane Lowry: 'I played pretty average, I didn't play my best golf'
Shane Lowry and Darren Clarke posted one-over 71s while Padraig Harrington hit a 72 on the opening day of The Open.
# tee-up
Defending champion Shane Lowry says Open ‘bubble’ could work in his favour
The Offaly man had the Claret Jug in his possession until Monday morning after last year’s Open was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
# The Open
Former champ Johnson to miss British Open due to coronavirus
The American lifted the Claret Jug in 2015.
# Irish Eye
Harrington dares to dream of third Open title after encouraging top-20 finish in Scotland
‘I’m preparing myself to try and play my best golf,’ the Dubliner says, set for a test of ‘mental fortitude’.
# ruled out
Masters champion to miss The Open after testing positive for Covid-19
Hideki Matsuyama is symptom-free but PCR tests have continued to show positive results.
# Open The Gates
The Open to welcome 32,000 fans a day at Royal St George’s
The tournament starts on July 15.
# Let's Get Quizzical
Quiz: Can you recognise these past golf major winners?
The US PGA championship had been scheduled to start today. What’s your knowledge of former major champions like?
# It's Coming Home
In Pictures: 10 of the best snaps as Lowry savours his triumphant homecoming in Clara
The 2019 Open winner was greeted by thousands in Offaly this evening.
# Dreaming
'Who ever thought there would be an Open champion going home to Clara?'
Shane Lowry is still in dreamland after lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday.
# Major Winner
The people's champion: Dream season propels Shane Lowry to rarefied heights
A player for the big occasion, the Clara man has hit the form of his life having endured a worrying slide down the rankings.
# On the box
TV Wrap - Shane Lowry reminds us why we love sport in stunning Open triumph
Elsewhere, a Sky commentator claimed Lowry as British while Rory McIlroy was left on the verge of tears after a cruel return to Royal Portrush.
# top 20
Open champion Lowry soars back to career-high world ranking
The Major winner is back inside the world’s top 20 after pocketing €1.7 million in prize money at Royal Portrush.
# happy as lowry
10 years since amateur triumph, Lowry's career comes full circle on Irish soil
‘I don’t think I’m a much different golfer, but I feel like I’m a different person now.’
# Major success
'I cried in the Carnoustie car park': Lowry's remarkable turnaround
Lowry has enjoyed a superb year, with his Open triumph following success in Abu Dhabi back in January.
# so close yet so far
Fleetwood rues missed chances after another second-place Major finish
The Englishman was unable to overhaul Shane Lowry but remains confident his time will come.
# The Open
President Higgins leads the tributes to 'role model' Lowry
In addition to lifting the Claret Jug, Lowry pockets €1,718,320 in prize money.
# Major Moment
'My Mum and Dad sacrificed so much and I'm so happy I can give them this trophy'
Shane Lowry was crowned Open champion amid emotional scenes at Royal Portrush.
# the champion golfer
Shane Lowry weathers the storm to win The Open at Royal Portrush
The 32-year-old held his nerve brilliantly to claim a maiden Major title in style on the County Antrim links.
AS IT HAPPENED
The Open, final round
We followed all the Sunday afternoon action from Royal Portrush as Shane Lowry chased Major glory.
# The Open
Shane Lowry shoots 63 to take four-shot lead into final round of The Open
Up the Faithful.
# The Open
Emotional McIlroy misses Open cut at Portrush after coming agonisingly close
The dream is over for McIlroy despite a sensational second-day charge, with Tiger Woods also falling short.
# sugar shane
Shane Lowry lights up The Open and shares the lead after day 2
The Offaly man showed delight and disappointment in equal measure on his final hole today, but he shares the lead with JB Holmes.