Watching Shane Lowry win the Open Championship was awesome. He shot 67 day one, then another 67 to finish day two tied for the lead, then ripped through round three with an eight-under round of 63. Lowry was seizing the opportunity to play lights out in front of his home crowd on one of the biggest stages in golf, in the land where the game of golf created. It was electric. Then on the final round, the weather turned, the course showed its teeth and Lowry didn't falter. Most of the field struggled, but Lowry was solid, He shot one-over-par 72 and brought home the Claret Jug winning by six shots. It was a performance of legend.
Lowry is a solid golfer; he won the Irish Open in 2009 as an amateur, multiple European tour victories, and a WGC Bridgestone event. He was highly capable of winning a major; however, many people had never considered him as a major contender, even himself.
In his press conference after the victory, he mentioned that before the final round, he questioned if he had what it takes to become a major champion. That answer was obviously a yes, he balled on Sunday and shot the second-best score of the day, when it mattered most. He proved to himself and the world that he's got magic in him to win.
Lowry also mentioned something inspiring for all us amateurs. He said that just 12 months ago, he sat in his car crying over the condition of his game and whether he should be moving forward. He said it was a terrible slump and he had many questions. However, he didn't give up, and just 12 months later, he wins the Open Championship and makes golf history.
The Lesson: Golf is a crazy game; it messes with you. But you can't ever give up on it; work through adversity and believe in yourself as hard as it can sometimes be. All the players that have had great success have had their slumps, hardships, doubts, and struggles; it is part of the process of getting to the top. Don't become discouraged when you are struggling with your game; just keep coming at it, keep your head down, practice, and believe in yourself — That's what Lowry did.