Shane Lowry Wins the British Open
The words of Shane Lowry, British Open champion: “No matter what I shoot tomorrow, my two-year-old will be there waiting for me.”
Let that thought percolate in your synapses for a while.
From Ferbane, Offaly County, Ireland. Population 1191. Whose family is revered for Ferbane GAA’s dramatic 1982 All Ireland football victory over Kerry. Shane Lowry, holder of a single PGA tour win on his resume, the 2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, said this. The same golfer who let a 4-shot lead in the final round of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont evaporate away. He let doubt win.
But Sunday, on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, he rode a final round 1 over par 72 to shoot a 15-under par 269 for a six-shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood. The 2019 Majors Machine Brooks Koepka hit a wall and finished 9 shots back in his attempt to win a second major this year. Tiger, Phil, Rory, and Adam Scott missed the cut. None of the other golf big names challenged Lowry in this 159th version of the British Open. He dominated the field. And became:
The Champion Golfer.
Let’s go back to the words: “No matter what I shoot tomorrow, my two-year-old will be there waiting for me.”
That simple thought helped Lowry get his thoughts and his feelings to take him closer to his intention of winning the open. A simple thought that relaxed him and reduced feelings that may have manifested as tension and impacted his major-winning ball striking.
That simple thought transformed Lowry from a golfer who couldn’t, or perhaps wouldn’t, believe himself capable of winning a major to Champion Golfer.
What is Golf Psychology?
On the first green, in the final round, staring at a treacherous 8-foot bogey putt while playing partner Fleetwood is sizing up a makeable birdie putt that would have cut his lead to 1 shot, 1 hole in, Lowry summoned the inner calm of those 16 simple words and drained the putt. Fleetwood missed, and the lead was still three and bingo - game on. 17 holes later, he walked off the 18th green and hoisted the Claret Jug skyward.
We all have doubts about making THE putt. Hitting THE clutch shot. It boils down to having the guts - the inner resolve - to ignore the rumblings, steady the legs, stand up, and execute. Imagine being Lowry at The Open. That’s rumblings magnified.
But those 16 words echoed in his mind Sunday. They gave him the calm to make that putt. He believed in Shane Lowry. Believed he had the game to win. Believed it was his Claret Jug.
The $1,935,00 check he hauled home catapults his career earnings in 93 events to $5,526,348, moving his FedEx Cup ranking to 18. Quite an accomplishment. Career transforming, even.
All because: “No matter what I shoot tomorrow, my two-year-old will be there waiting for me.”
Watch the video below to see how you can develop the mindset of a champion on the golf course: