Clara in Co. Offaly was witness to wonderful scenes of emotion last night as Shane Lowry was welcomed home with the Claret Jug. The town was wedged on a sun-kissed Tuesday evening. As the celebrations have gone on, Lowry's Open win has become about more than just a likeable golfer winning an unlikely Major. Family is at the heart of all Lowry's success, and his Open win has proved the power of the Irish family.
The highlight of the homecoming on the Clara green was Lowry speaking about his wife Wendy's influence on him during a dark stretch last season where Lowry questioned whether he could make it as an elite golfer.
"There's been a lot of ups and down over the past few years. And I a hit pretty rought patch, it finished maybe 10 or 12 months ago, and obviously you see all this and this unbelievable and you think, this is what it's like, but it's not really. There's been plenty of times when I'd be at home in my house in Dublin crying myself to sleep. You don't know if you're good enough. You don't know if you can keep going. But when you have a good strong woman behind you, it makes a little bit easier.
Obviously I owe a lot her."
Lowry was also clearly emotional when speaking to RTÉ after the event.
An emotional Shane Lowry on what the Open victory means to him and the people of Offaly at this evening's homecoming in Clara pic.twitter.com/WqkjqoGJ2w
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) July 23, 2019
How will things in Clara, and in the Lowry household, ever go back to normal after this wild week of emotion?