Shane Lowry raised eyebrows at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on the final day of the British Open by using his socks to represent the tricolour flag.
Ken Brown was left puzzled when he mentioned the two different coloured socks during commentary, prompting his Twitter followers to enlighten him that Offaly man’s green and gold socks combined with white trousers was a way of wearing the Irish flag.
The 27-year-old’s disappointing 75 on the second day put him out of the running for tournament contention, but an incredible 65 final round awarded him a top 10 finish.
His seven birdies saw him storm up the leader board and gave him his highest ever finish, with 9th, in a Major.
To shoot 65 in the final round of a major, especially when you’re looking at the top of the leaderboard, makes me feel good about myself,” he said.
“I know if I have a chance down the line that is there, I can play the golf.”
Lowry, who finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy in a close BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this year, will have crept up the rankings with his 9th place finish that could push him into Ryder Cup contention.
“That putt on the last would have helped, but I think I have to go over to the PGA and do something extra special to have even a sniff of getting near the team. I haven’t thought about it all year and I’m not going to start thinking about it now,” he added.