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.
Loyalist flute band music played in Portrush town as the third round of the Open Championship reached its conclusion a mile away.
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.
One Northern Ireland golf fan summed up Rory McIlroy’s unpredictability as the mercurial home favourite’s comeback fell agonisingly short.
The kaleidoscope of umbrellas was as varied as the accents beneath them as fans from around the world braved the rain on the second day of The Open’s return to Northern Ireland.
The rain hammered down and the home hero’s victory chances were washed away but nothing was about to spoil the Portrush party on the Open’s historic return.
The Open’s organisers moved to sidestep potential controversy over a flute band event coinciding with the tournament by insisting they are mindful of being guests.
Torrential downpours failed to dampen the spirits at Royal Portrush as the clock ticked down towards the opening round of the Open.
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.
A seaside town in Northern Ireland has “come to life” as The Open returns this week for the first time in over 60 years, golf fans have said.