Champion Golfer of the Year Shane Lowry has become the latest player to join the Most exclusive group of Honorary Life Members of the European Tour.
Lowry was presented in July, his maiden major title, where held off Tommy Fleetwood to the day to storm to a six-stroke victory.
The European Tour champions would be the 56th player to take up Honorary Life Membership since the system has been released in 1978, following on from Patrick Reed this season being awarded the status.
“It is pretty cool to receive this award,” Lowry said. “When you start playing golf when you’re a child you do not understand how good you may be, or even once you begin playing as a professional. I didn’t understand that I would get for this afternoon, so it’s pretty cool.
“I have obviously joined a nice list of titles, which is pretty great as well. My heart lies with The European Tour. I will stay a part. I love coming back and I love playing in events in this way, therefore it is an intense privilege to get this”
Using the Irishman winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January, lowry breakthrough at Royal Portrush is one of just two successes on the Tour in 2019.
The award was obtained by the 32-year-old from European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Rolex Series event of the season.
“Shane’s incredible success at Royal Portrush is going to be remembered among the iconic performances in the Championship’s storied history,” Pelley said.
“Shane is a terrific personality and I believe you once you examine the outstanding reception he appreciated round the island of Ireland in the week following his triumph, in addition to the warmth and cheer on social media internationally, that shows you how popular he’s at the game. He’s also a wonderful ambassador for the European Tour, and it is consequently a truly worthy recipient of this honour.”
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