MEMPHIS – Rory McIlroy congratulated Shane Lowry and told him that his life would never be the same again after he was catapulted to national hero status in Ireland after winning the British Open on Sunday.
Four-times major champion McIlroy missed the cut by a shot at Royal Portrush, and was already back in Florida moving into a new house when Irishman Lowry completed a fairytale ending by lifting the Claret Jug in the first Open held in Northern Ireland since 1951.
“He texted me on Friday night and gave me a couple of words of encouragement,” McIlroy said on Wednesday, on the eve of the World Golf Championships-St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.
“He said 'I'll see you in Memphis' and I said 'I hope I don't see you in Memphis because hopefully you're still drinking out of the Claret Jug', and that came to fruition, which is nice.”
As predicted, Lowry pulled out of this week's event at TPC Southwind to savour his victory at home.