By Newser Editors and Wire Services
(NEWSER) – The long-awaited return of the British Open to Northern Ireland ended with Shane Lowry hoisting the silver claret jug on the Emerald Isle, the AP reports. Even as the rain stopped, the tears began flowing. Lowry, the 32-year-old Irishman with stout nerves and a soft touch around the greens, endured the worst weather of the week and the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the British Open by six shots. He closed with a 1-over 72, the first time since 1996 that winner was over par in the final round, and it was no less impressive. More difficult than the rain was wind strong enough to break an umbrella. Lowry began making bogeys on the back nine of Royal Portrush without losing ground.