PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland, July 21 (Reuters) - Highlights of the final day at the 148th British Open golf championship at Royal Portrush on Sunday (times GMT):
The first British Open in Northern Ireland in 68 years ended with an Irish triumph as Shane Lowry completed a six-shot win for his first major crown.
Lowry takes stranglehold midway through Round 4
Following a fantastic approach shot to the 15th hole, Shane Lowry sank the ball from 12 feet out for his first birdie after the turn to tighten his grip on the Claret Jug. Tommy Fleetwood only managed par to fall six shots behind.
A fourth bogey of the day on the par-four 11th hole meant that Shane Lowry’s lead was brought back down to five shots, after Tommy Fleetwood managed par.
American Tony Finau climbed to third above the English pair of Danny Willett and Lee Westwood, with a par on the 14th. He sits eight shots behind the leader.
A wild tee shot on the seventh hole left Tommy Fleetwood in a spot of bother but the Englishman hit back with a fine putt from 15 feet out to settle for par. However, Shane Lowry took full advantage with a birdie to go six shots clear.
1356 BACK-TO-BACK BIRDIES HELP LOWRY EXTEND LEAD
Back-to-back birdies in the fourth and fifth holes helped Lowry to regain control with a five-shot lead at the top.
Earlier, Lee Westwood shook off a poor start to fire three birdies in the first five holes to go 10-under in third place behind Fleetwood and Lowry.
World number one Brooks Koepka snapped a string of four straight bogeys with a superb eagle on the fifth to get back to seven-under.
Overnight leader Lowry began his final round amid increasingly breezy conditions at Royal Portrush, with the temperature around 16 degree Celsius.
Irishman Lowry, who carded a course-record eight-under 63 on Saturday to hold a four-stroke lead over Fleetwood, began with a wayward shot that landed in the rough on the left and found the bunker with his second shot, before he recovered for a bogey. His lead is cut to three shots. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Christian Radnedge)