Award-winning filmmaker Ross Whitaker (Katie, Anthony Foley – Munsterman) tells the remarkable tale behind Shane Lowry's British Open win this summer in a documentary to be shown on RTÉ One on Monday night at 9.30pm.
Lowry started with a bang as a 22-year-old when he won the Irish Open in 2009, though he couldn’t pick up the winners cheque of €500k because he was still an amateur. However, he turned pro immediately and what followed was an impressive few years of building his reputation and bank balance.
After he won prestigious Bridgestone Invitational PGA Tour event in 2015, it looked like he was ready to become one of the best in the world. The following year, Lowry looked set to win his first Major at the US Open in Oakmont, leading the field by four strokes going into the final round but fell apart when the pressure was on. He was devastated for some time and his career trajectory turned downward for the first time.
Framed by the two Open championships in 2018 and 2019, one a disaster and the other a triumph, this documentary will dip into the key moments of Shane Lowry’s life to create a portrait that captures all of his warmth and humour and delves deeply into his family history and relationships to give a comprehensive account of the story of a special champion.
It will take us to Offaly, portraying the relationships he has with his parents, his wife and the very special bond he has with his granny, who herself has become a bit of a celebrity since Shane’s Open win.
Including interviews with Lowry, his family, friends, fellow golfers (Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy and Open rival Tommy Fleetwood) and his close knit team, this documentary will be a comprehensive telling of the Open champion's story.