Tuesday, July 23

Open Champion Shane Lowry Credits Caddie Brian 'Bo' Martin

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SHANE LOWRY HAS BEEN GRINNING from ear-to-ear since capturing the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush on Sunday evening. The big, bearded Irishman might be wearing that smile for a very long time after his historic Open victory.

Lowry tipped his cap to the man who was at his side every step of the way: bag man Brian "Bo" Martin. Bo began working for Shane last September.

"There's no doubt that my golf has improved since he started caddying for me so I owe a lot to him," Lowry said at BBC.com/sport/golf.

"We're similar people, very happy-go-lucky -- we just said let's enjoy it, play some golf, have some craic along the way and make a few quid."

Lowry made more than a few quid at Royal Portrush, earning nearly $2 million for his first major win. He joins fellow Irish major winners Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrrington and Graeme McDowell.

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