WITB: Shane Lowry, Open Championship & Jim Herman, Barbasol Championship


The 148th Open Championship

The winner of the Gold Medal and the Champion Golfer of the Year is Shane Lowry.

After grabbing a share of the 36-hole lead at Royal Portrush Golf Club, the Irishman shot the round of the tournament on Saturday, a bogey-free 8-under 63.

In conditions that got downright nasty on Sunday, Lowry, propelled home by the boisterous cheers of the fans, went on to win his first career major championship by six strokes.

On the 18th green, runner-up Tommy Fleetwood was visibly disappointed at falling short in his bid to capture a major championship, but he embraced the jubilant Lowry with a big hug in a brilliant display of sportsmanship that seems to permeate throughout the brotherhood of European players.

One look at the final leaderboard and it was obvious which players were accustomed to playing links golf in windy, rainy conditions. Six of the top 10 players come from Ireland, England or Scotland.

Lowry has done almost all of his winning in Europe. Four of his five career victories have come in Europe, with the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational his lone win stateside.

These are the clubs Shane Lowry used to win the 148th Open Championship (As reported by PGATOUR):

Barbasol Championship

Jim Herman Barbasol Championship

Across the pond from The Open Championship at Royal Portrush was a PGA Tour event in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Played at Keene Trace Golf Club, Jim Herman’s 26-under edged Kelly Kraft by 1 stroke to win the Barbasol Championship.

Jim claimed a putting tip from President Donald Trump was the catalyst for his win. Switching to a traditional putting grip, Herman holed 24 birdies and two eagles against 2 bogies throughout the tournament.

Some may discount Herman’s win, stating that he beat a weakened field with the top professionals playing in the major; however, opposite-field PGA Tour tournaments like the Barbasol serve a very important purpose and are fiercely competitive.

Winning the Barbasol carries most of the same perks as winning a non-opposite event, a sizeable payout, a two-year exemption, entry into the Tournament of Champions, and a spot in the PGA Championship. However, it does not earn the player an automatic invitation to the following year’s Masters.

Herman’s only other PGA Tour win came in 2016 at the Shell Houston Open. These are the clubs Jim Herman used to win the Barbasol Championship (As reported by PGATOUR):

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Keith SchneiderAge: 34 Handicap: 4.9 Introduction to golf: Age 14 Playing years: 20 Rounds per year: 75+ Hole in Ones: 1WITB Driver: Titleist TS2 10.5° Project X HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.5 3 Wood: Cobra King F9 Fairway Wood 3-Wood Project X HZRDUS Smoke 75 6.5 2-Iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi KBS Tour C Taper Lite Stiff 1° weak 1.5° upright Irons: Mizuno MP-68 (4-PW) +1/2" Dynamic Gold X100 2° upright Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 51° 8° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 F Grind Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedge Works 55° 14° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 F Grind Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedge Works 60° 6° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 K Grind Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport 2 35" Balls: Titleist ProV1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X or Callaway Chrome Soft X

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