Champion Golfer of the Year Shane Lowry has become the latest player to join the group of Honorary Life Members in the European Union.
Where ignored Tommy Fleetwood about the day to storm into a six-stroke victory lowry was presented in July, his maiden title.
The European Tour champions would be the participant to take Honorary Life Membership as the system has been released in 1978, following on from Patrick Reed earlier this season, being granted the status up.
“It is very cool to get this award,” Lowry said. “If you start playing golf when you are a child you don’t know how great you could be, or even once you begin playing as a master. I didn’t understand that I would get to this afternoon, so it’s pretty cool.
“I’ve obviously joined a great collection of names, which can be fairly good also. My heart lies with The European Tour. I will stay a member. I enjoy coming back and that I enjoy playing in events in this way, therefore it’s an intense privilege to obtain this”
Using all the Irishman also winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January lowry breakthrough at Royal Portrush is one of just two victories on the Union 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 season’s Rolex Series event.
“Shane’s incredible success at Royal Portrush is going to be recalled among the iconic performances from the Championship’s storied history,” Pelley said.
“Shane is a terrific character and I believe you once you examine the outstanding reception he enjoyed round the island of Ireland in the week following his triumph, along with the warmth and cheer on social media internationally, which shows you how hot he’s at the game. He is also a great ambassador for the European Tour, and it is consequently a truly worthy recipient of this honor.”
The BMW PGA Championship through the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage of this opening round begins on Thursday from 9am on Sky Sports Golf and 10.30am on Sky Sports Main Event.
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