Wed, 16 Oct 2019

Cape Town - Reigning Open Championship winner Shane Lowry has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour.

The Irishman finished six shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood at Royal Portrush to lift the Claret Jug in July.

It was Lowry's maiden Major Championship triumph and came ten years after his unforgettable breakthrough victory as an amateur at the 2009 Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club in Baltray.

The 32-year-old currently leads the European Tour's Race to Dubai, having also won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship earlier this year.

Lowry was presented with his Honorary Life Membership by European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley ahead of the BMW PGA Championship,which gets under way at Wentworth Club in England on Thursday.

"It is pretty cool to receive this award. When you start playing golf when you're a kid you don't know how good you can be, or even when you start playing as a pro. I didn't know that I would get to this day so it's pretty cool," said Lowry.

"I've obviously joined a nice list of names, which is pretty good as well. My heart lies with The European Tour. I'll always be a member. I love coming back and I love playing in events like this. So it's an extreme privilege to receive this."

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: "Shane's incredible victory at Royal Portrush will be remembered as one of the iconic performances in the Championship's storied history... He is also a wonderful ambassador for the European Tour, and is therefore a truly worthy recipient of this honour."

Lowry, who has won five times on the European Tour, becomes the 56th person to be awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour.

Full list of European Tour Honorary Life Members:

1978 - John Jacobs

1978 - Bernard Hunt

1978 - Dai Rees

1982 - Peter Butler

1983 - Seve Ballesteros

1983 - Tony Jacklin

1985 - Sir Henry Cotton

1985 - Fred Daly

1985 - Max Faulkner

1985 - Bernhard Langer

1985 - Sandy Lyle

1987 - Sir Nick Faldo

1992 - Ian Woosnam

1994 - Jose Maria Olazabal

1995 - Bob Charles

1995 - Arnold Palmer

1995 - Gary Player

1997 - Colin Montgomerie

1998 - Ernie Els

1999 - Paul Lawrie

1999 - Greg Norman

2001 - Vijay Singh

2002 - Retief Goosen

2003 - Peter Alliss

2003 - Bernard Gallacher

2004 - Neil Coles

2004 - Christy O'Connor

2004 - John Panton

2005 - Michael Campbell

2007 - Angel Cabrera

2007 - Padraig Harrington

2008 - Trevor Immelman

2010 - Martin Kaymer

2010 - Graeme McDowell

2010 - Louis Oosthuizen

2010 - Tom Watson

2011 - Darren Clarke

2011 - Rory McIlroy

2011 - Charl Schwartzel

2011 - Lee Westwood

2012 - Luke Donald

2012 - Brian Huggett

2012 - Tommy Horton

2012 - Mark James

2012 - Roger Chapman

2013 - Dave Thomas

2013 - Justin Rose

2014 - Jack Nicklaus

2016 - Peter Oosterhuis

2016 - Danny Willett

2016 - Henrik Stenson

2017 - Sam Torrance

2017 - Sergio Garcia

2018 - Francesco Molinari

2019 - Patrick Reed

2019 - Shane Lowry

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