Lowry out to retain Open Championship title

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2021 The Open Championship 

European Tour
US PGA Tour  

Japan Golf Tour
Royal St George's Golf Club
Sandwich, England
15-18 July 2021
Shane Lowry will be hoping to emulate Padraig Harrington when he participates in the 2021 Open Championship.
Harrington, who hails from Ireland, remains the last golfer to successfully defend this tournament having won it in 2007 and 2008.
His compatriot Lowry won the 2019 Open Championship by six shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood of England. 
Lowry held the Claret Jug (Open Championship official trophy) for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the 2020 edition of the Open Championship.
The USA-based golfer has won five professional tournaments including the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and 2012 Portugal Masters which is part of the European Tour.
Lowry came close to winning the U.S Open in 2016 when he finished the tournament tied for second place, with a final-round score of 76.
Prior to winning the 2019 Open Championship, Lowry had won the 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by a stroke from Richard Sterne.
Ernie Els
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The 34-year-old says an extra year as the reigning Open Championship champion gave him a chance to enjoy the claret jug. 
“I had the claret jug with me at the Race to Dubai at the end of 2019 and I was wheeling it through the hotel and this guy was there and he stopped me and he's like, ‘Is that the claret jug?’” Lowry said. 
“He begged me could he see it, so I opened up the box and I showed him and he started to cry because he was holding the claret jug.”
Harry Vardon is the most decorated player in the history of The Open Championship having won six titles, while South Africa's Ernie Els has won the tournament twice. 

Last five The Open Championship winners

2015 - Zach Johnson - USA 
2016 - Henrik Stenson - Sweden 
2017 - Jordan Spieth - USA 
2018 - Francesco Molinari - USA 
2019 - Shane Lowry - Ireland 

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Published: 07/13/2021