Major Champion Shane Lowry headlines the latest instalment of the Roots series, as the six-time DP World Tour winner and Ryder Cup star returns home to Clara, County Offaly
The mini-documentary series presented by Official Partner Velocity Global charts the stories of different stars of the game of golf and the unique environments in which they grew up, as we travel to Ireland to visit Lowry’s home, meet his family and hear first-hand about the down-to-earth upbringing that has made him the man he is today.
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In this episode, Lowry explains what his first win at the 2009 Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club on his Tour debut, meant to him and how it shaped the rest of his career, as he became just the third amateur to win on the DP World Tour. He describes how life-changing this early win was, as well as the ups and downs and periods of self-doubt which followed, and how becoming a father affected his outlook on life and the game of golf.
A proud Irishman, Lowry achieved his career highlight so far in front of a passionate crowd as well as a host of friends and family when he won the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, before returning home with the Claret Jug to a hero’s welcome as people came from far and wide to celebrate his success.
We hear about his love for coming home and returning to his roots, and in particular the Offaly county football team. His personal connection to the club includes a rich history of family sporting talent with his father, Brendan, winning the 1982 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final with Offaly. We speak to his wife, parents, grandmother, coach and friends who have all supported him every step of the way, as well as visiting The Old Warehouse in Tullamore, a re-purposed Whiskey distillery that he has developed into a gastro-pub which opened this December.
This is the third episode this season showcasing the truly international nature and varying cultures present on the DP World Tour and wider golf family, where we hear from each player, speak to their friends, families, coaches and see the places that set them up for a shot at the very top.
From multiple wins and Ryder Cup glory to having to step away from the game due to life-threatening illness, Nicolas Colsaerts revealed how his golfing journey began, his love for hockey and music, and how time with his family has changed his outlook on his career.
Meanwhile Kipp Popert’s remarkable and inspirational story detailed how through his love for the game of golf and ambition and dedication, he has overcome ten major surgeries in his formative years to reach the summit of disability golf.
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