Ireland’s Lowry wins Open Championship; Kentuckian Holmes shoots final round 87

J.B. Holmes

Ireland’s Shane Lowry won the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland Sunday, shooting a 1-over par 72, and winning by six strokes over England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

Former University of Kentucky golfer J.B. Holmes shot a 16-over par 87 to fall into a tie for 67th place.

Saturday’s third round

Holmes shot a 69 on Saturday for a three-day total of 10-under par and was tied for third. Lowry had what he called the best round of his life, shooting a record-tying 8-under-par 63, to reach 16-under, four shots clear of England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

Friday’s second round

Holmes shot a 3-under par 68 in the second round of the Open Championship Friday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and is tied for the lead with Ireland’s Shane Lowery at 8-under heading to the weekend.

Holmes, of Campbellsville, Ky., shot the low round Thursday, a 5-under 66. Lowery birdied six of the first 10 holes Friday to reach 10-under par, two clear of Holmes, but faded a bit on the back nine and finished 8-under, tied with Holmes at the top.

The Open Championship final round will be Sunday. Follow the action live on the PGA Tour’s leaderboard.

Thursday’s first round

Holmes fired a 5-under par 66, the lowest score of Thursday’s first round of the Open Championship, held at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Holmes won earlier this year at the Genesis Open at famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. A former University of Kentucky golfer, Holmes has won five times on the PGA Tour, but has never won a major. The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, is the last major of 2019.

Playing Thursday afternoon in the wind and rain, Holmes made six birdies and only one bogey. A shot back of Holmes was Ireland’s Shane Lowry. Tiger Woods shot 7-over par while betting line favorite Rory McIlroy opened with a disappointing 8-over par.

Meanwhile, back home in the United States, the PGA Tour held the Barbasol Championship at the Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville, Ky. J.T. Poston of Hickory, N.C. carded a 10-under 62 for a one-shot lead over Nick Taylor. The Barbasol Championship will conclude on Sunday.

Follow the Barbasol Championship live on the PGA Tour’s leaderboard.

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