Shane Lowry, Champion Golfer of the Year. That has a nice ring to it. On Sunday, 32-year-old Lowry battled tough conditions to win the first major championship of his career at Royal Port Rush in Northern Ireland. The hometown boy finished six shots ahead of playing partner Tommy Fleetwood to finish at -15 and claim the Claret Jug in front of tons of family and friends. The party in the crowd started after it was all but confirmed Lowry would take the major title when he sunk a birdie on 15 to go up six shots with three holes to play.
The Open Championship was Lowry’s sixth professional tournament win and his second in 2019. This year is shaping up to be the best of his career and this win should vault him up the FedEx Cup points leaderboard farther than he has ever been before.
So what does Lowry receive for winning The Open?
For starters, a huge payday. Lowry will take home $1.93 million US.
He will also receive the following bonuses:
- Playing exemption at The Open until he turns 60
- PGA Tour exemption for the next five years
- European Tour exemption for the next 10 years
- Invitation to the next five Masters, US PGA, US Open and Players’ Championship tournaments
Surely winning The Open has changed Lowry’s life. He is set up for the next 10 years of his golfing career without having to worry at all. And on Sunday night he sure partied like he had no worries at all.
Unfortunately for Lowry, he will not receive any European Ryder Cup points for the 2020 event at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The qualification period for the European Tour Ryder Cup team doesn’t begin until the BMW PGA Championship on Sept. 19, and it ends at the same tournament in 2020. The U.S. Ryder Cup team has a two-year qualification period.