Shane Lowry is a man much beloved on the island of Ireland. Maybe it's his beard. Perhaps it's his big grin. Or maybe it is the fact that he manages to be one of our top sportsmen while simultaneously not taking himself too seriously and giving off the impression that he'd as soon sink a pint of Guinness as a putt. There are few sportspeople around who you can imagine going on the session with, but the big Offaly man is unquestionably one of them. He's also got a reputation for being genuinely sound and great craic to be around.
How do we know this? Maybe it's just a hunch. Or maybe it's the fact that Lowry has been literally handing Guinness out of a backpack to Irish supporters in the middle of his round at the Phoenix Open.
Lowry has been on fire, shooting a five under 66 on Saturday to leave him ten under alongside Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson and Daniel Berger, a shot behind Mark Leishman and William McGirt. But that doesn't mean he couldn't find time for those who travelled out to support him.
Phoenix is known for being the rowdiest event on the PGA Tour and Lowry is clearly enjoying himself.
Could Guinness - or Ireland - ask for a better ambassador? Like Lowry's the older kid at a teenage disco, the thirsty masses eagerly hold out their hands to their admired saviour. And out of the dodgy backpack, duly comes the goods.
Shane Lowry handing out Guinness in Scottsdale, some man 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/dvcl6IpZzx
— John Murphy (@john_murphy5) February 4, 2017
Lowry giving out cans of Guinness to the crowd on 16 😂 pic.twitter.com/i6yGzBQxuI
— Colin Delaney (@fluffydel) February 4, 2017
Shane Lowry handing out tallboys of Guinness to the fans on 16 is just another reason why I love this tournament so much😭😭🍻
— JS (@John_Steven15) February 4, 2017
Shane Lowry wins fan favorite at 16 at @WMPhoenixOpen. Tossed cans of Guinness to the crowd.
— Brian Wacker (@brianwacker1) February 4, 2017
Lowry's no doubt looking forward to a pint of the black stuff if he wins tomorrow.
Actually, take out those last four words.
What a man.