When the dam burst it burst spectacularly.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry hailed the best day of his career after taking command of the 148th Open at Royal Portrush.
Thousands of excited golf fans swarmed over Portrush’s sun-drenched dunes as stars of the world game battled it out on the third day of the Open’s return to Northern Ireland.
Rory McIlroy has hailed the return of golf’s Open Championship to Northern Ireland as proof that his homeland has long moved on from the dark days of the past.
Twentysomething Americans have won the last five majors, starting and ending with Brooks Koepka’s back-to-back US Open triumph.