Champion Golfer of the Year Shane Lowry has become the latest player to join the Most exclusive group of Honorary Life Members in the European Tour.
Lowry was introduced in July, his first title, where ignored Tommy Fleetwood on the day to storm into a victory.
Even the five-time European Tour winners would be the 56th player to take up Honorary Life Membership since the system was introduced in 1978, following on from Patrick Reed being granted the status this year.
«It is very cool to receive this award,» Lowry said. «When you start playing golf when you are a child you do not understand how great you can be, or even when you start acting as a master. I didn’t know I would get for this afternoon, therefore it’s pretty cool.
«I’ve always joined a nice list of names, which can be fairly great also. My heart lies with The European Tour. I will always be a part. I love coming back and I really like playing in events in this way, so it is an intense privilege to get this»
The major breakthrough at Royal Portrush of lowry is one of just two victories on the European Union in 2019, with the Irishman winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January.
The 32-year-old obtained the award at Wentworth, the fourth largest Rolex Series event of the year.
«Shane’s incredible success at Royal Portrush will be remembered as one of the iconic performances in the Championship’s storied history,» Pelley said.
«Shane is a great personality and I believe you when you look at the notable reception he appreciated across the island of Ireland in the week after his win, in addition to the warmth and cheer on social media internationally, that shows you how popular he’s at the sport. He is also a fantastic ambassador for the European Tour, and is consequently a truly worthy recipient of the honour.»
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