President Michael D Higgins has led the tributes to Shane Lowry after his stunning Open Championship victory at Royal Portrush.

Lowry showed no signs of nerves as he sealed a shot-win for his first major title. 

President Higgins said: "May I congratulate Shane Lowry on his outstanding success in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush today.

"This victory was not only a great personal achievement but an historic win.

"His triumph today, on a magnificent course and buoyed by a vociferous crowd, means he has joined Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy as the fifth Irish winner of the Open. 

"His success today will have brought pride and joy not only to sports fans around Ireland but to the Irish everywhere, and as President of Ireland I want to congratulate Shane on his achievement and on being such a positive role model both on the course and off."