On The Open’s first visit to Northern Ireland since 1951, Shane Lowry became the latest in a string of Irish golfers who have enjoyed recent success in a major championship.
Lowry’s stunning six-shot triumph at Royal Portrush on Sunday represented the 10th major victory by a player from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland in the last 12 years.
The new Open champion, who hails from County Westmeath in the Republic, follows in the footsteps of Padraig Harrington, the winner of The Open in 2007 and 2008 and also the US PGA Championship victor in the second of those seasons.
Northern Ireland, meanwhile, has had three major champions in the past decade, with Rory McIlroy winning four titles and triumphs also coming the way of Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.
Since the start of 2007, the year Harrington first tasted Open glory, only the United States – with half of the 52 titles since then – can boast more major wins than either Northern Ireland or the Republic, and Lowry denied America a clean sweep in 2019.
We look at how many major winners have come from each country in that period.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 21, 2019
Major wins by country since 2007:
26 – UNITED STATES – Brooks Koepka (4), Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth (both 3), Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson (all 2), Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland.
6 – NORTHERN IRELAND – Rory McIlroy (4), Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke.
4 – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Padraig Harrington (3), Shane Lowry; SOUTH AFRICA – Trevor Immelman, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els.
2 – ARGENTINA – Angel Cabrera (2); GERMANY – Martin Kaymer (2); ENGLAND – Justin Rose, Danny Willett, AUSTRALIA – Adam Scott, Jason Day.
1 – SOUTH KOREA – Y.E. Yang; SWEDEN – Henrik Stenson; SPAIN – Sergio Garcia; ITALY – Francesco Molinari.