Shane Lowry in position for first TOUR Championship with victory at The Open

Brooks Koepka replaces Matt Kuchar as standings leader with T4 finish

ATLANTA – Ireland’s Shane Lowry successfully converted his four-stroke 54-hole lead and held off England’s Tommy Fleetwood to win The Open Championship by six strokes at Royal Portrush Golf Club for his second career PGA TOUR victory and first major title. Lowry collected 600 FedExCup points and jumped from No. 67 to No. 18 in the FedExCup standings to move into position to qualify for his first TOUR Championship.

In less than 30 days, the TOUR Championship will return to historic East Lake Golf Club from Aug. 21-25, when the top 30 players from the FedExCup standings will vie for the FedExCup title at the PGA TOUR’s season-ending event. This will be Lowry’s first-ever trip through the FedExCup Playoffs as he looks to become the third player from Europe to lift the FedExCup in the past four years.

The win was Lowry’s first PGA TOUR title since the 2015 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational when it was contested at Firestone Country Club. Prior to Sunday’s victory, Lowry had recorded three top-10 finishes in 11 starts during the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, including a T3 at the RBC Heritage, a T8 at the PGA Championship and T2 at the RBC Canadian Open.

Lowry is looking to become the first player to win The Open Championship and FedExCup in the same season.

Fleetwood’s runner-up finish also put him in position for a return trip to East Lake, with the Englishman jumping 24 spots from No. 44 to No. 20 in the FedExCup standings.

Brooks Koepka claimed the FedExCup standings lead for the first time this season after a T4 at Royal Portrush. Koepka replaces Matt Kuchar, who had led the FedExCup standings for the past 16 weeks.

Tiger Woods, who began the week at No. 23 in the FedExCup standings after taking four weeks off, missed the cut at The Open to fall four spots to No. 27.

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