This weekend marked only the second time in the history of the British Open (simply called The Open over there) that the event didn’t take place on the island where England, Scotland, and Wales reside. It was played one island to the west over, in the British controlled Northern Ireland for the first time since 1961.
Irish golfers had won The Open before – that in itself was not a big deal. But an Irish golfer winning in Northern Ireland? That had never happened before.
Being three-quarter Irish myself (the other fourth is Danish, thanks to my paternal grandfather whom I never met), I watched the progress of Shane Lowry with a great deal of interest. He had come close to winning a major golf tournament before, but by Sunday’s play – there was little doubt he would wind up on top.
The 2019 major golf season began with the joyous return of Tiger Woods – it ends with the celebration of an Irish golfer winning The Open not all that far from home. In a way, a good way to begin and a good way to end.