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Not finishing the job at Royal Portrush would have been a "huge let down" - Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry should have been defending his Open Championship title this week, but the effects of the pandemic mean he'll have to wait until 2021 for the tournament to take place. 

The Offaly man landed his maiden major 12-months ago, with a third-round course record 63 giving him a four shot advantage heading into the final round at Royal Portrush - the same lead he held at the US Open three years previously.

Lowry's told the Sky Sports Golf Podcast that his determination not to let the opportunity slip proved to be a motivator going into the Sunday of the tournament.

"It was horrible to be honest! I was up at like six o'clock, having not got to sleep until twelve or one. I barely ate breakfast, I didn't have any lunch and I basically didn't eat that day, I was just sick with nerves.

"If you put me there at Augusta or at the US Open again or a big tournament, I don't think I would be as nervous there, but I just knew there was so much stake for me that day in Portrush. A home Open, with the whole country cheering me on, I felt like if I didn't win that day, that I would've been a huge let down.

"Some people would say that I wouldn't be, but I can only imagine the stories that would've been written about me afterwards. That type of stuff totally goes through your head on a Sunday morning, things like 'imagine the headlines on the Monday morning if I don't win today'.

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