Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Open Champion Shane Lowry   (Getty Images)
Open Champion Shane Lowry (Getty Images)

We may be two thirds the way through the 2019 European Tour season, with plenty of drama yet to come as the Race to Dubai reaches its climax, but we have already had our fair share of incredible moments both on and off the course.

Whether it be the final putt from one of the 11 first-time winners on the European Tour or a moment of brilliance from a tour veteran, there have been countless unforgettable moments this year.

With difficulty, here are ten of our favourite moments on the European Tour so far this season.

Lowry wins The Open

Where better to start than The 148th Open Championship. Hosted at Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951, Irishman Shane Lowry withstood the massive weight of local expectation and terrible weather conditions to claim a six-shot victory and become a Major champion.

And the celebrations that duly followed were almost as special as the winning moment itself.

Thousands upon thousands of fans came out to celebrate Lowry’s win and cap off what was an unforgettable week in Northern Ireland.

Tiger's Masters triumph

A first Major victory in 11 years. His 15th Major in total. After telling Jack Nicklaus “I’m done” at the Champions Dinner ahead of the 2017 Masters, due to the depth of his physical struggles, you could argue that Woods’ comeback at the 2019 Masters Tournament is one of the most remarkable redemption stories in sport.

Following four back operations, most thought Woods was past his prime and would never get near Jack Nicklaus’ haul of 18 Major titles. A bogey on the last would see Woods finish one shot clear of countrymen Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele and the modern golfing legend let out a roar of pure emotion that will go down in the history books.   

Campillo's breakthrough

It had been a long time coming for Spain’s Jorge Campillo, but he finally got his breakthrough win at the Trophée Hassan II.

This came at the 229th time of asking and after six second place finishes – four of which were in the last three seasons – four third place finishes and 18 further top tens.

His form heading into the event was exceptional, with two runners-up and a third in his previous four events, and a win that was a long time in the making was greeted with delight across the European Tour family.

The first-ever European Tour event for disabled golfers

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open saw the inaugural EDGA Scottish Open take place on The Renaissance Club, the same golf course, upon which the tour players battled it out for the third Rolex Series title of the season. The event saw the world’s best disabled golfers compete over two days, and it was Irishman Brendan Lawlor who emerged victorious.

Miguel joins 700 club

When Miguel Ángel Jiménez teed it up at The 148th Open Championship, he became only the second man to reach 700 starts on the European Tour after Sam Torrance.

It has been an incredible career for the Spaniard, winning 21-times on the European Tour, as well as holding the record as the oldest winner in European Tour history – aged 50 years and 133 days at the 2014 Open de Espana – and the record for the most holes-in-one after he made his tenth at the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Keep dancing, Miguel.

Rahm’s Rolex treble

Jon Rahm just loves Ireland, and the feeling is mutual. The swashbuckling Spaniard became the first player to claim three Rolex Series titles at the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open courtesy of a remarkable final round 62.

In front of sell-out weekend crowds at the spectacular Lahinch Golf Club, the 24 year old rose to the occasion just as he did in 2017 at Portstewart – where he earned his first European Tour win and first Rolex Series title with a record-breaking triumph.

Rahm, who was the highest-ranked player in the field, received rapturous roars from the Irish crowds upon holing the final putt to seal a two-stroke victory.

Tommy meets Harry

“Good shot, Tommy Fleetwood.”

That’s what you’ll have heard on numerous occasions at the Betfred British Masters as young golf fan Harry followed his idol around Hillside Golf Club.

And when the tournament finished, young Harry was able to meet his favourite golfer…

 

Bjerregaard takes down Tiger in Match Play

Trailing by one hole with three holes to play against arguably one of golf’s greatest ever golfers, on your WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play debut, might seem like quite a daunting prospect.

But not for Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard.

A magnificent birdie on 16 saw him level the match at all square, before halving the 17th in birdie twos. A regulation par at the last was enough for the 50th seed to win the final hole, defeat Woods and march on to the semi-finals.

Thailand jumping in the pool at GolfSixes

Where else would you see golfers jumping into a swimming pool after winning a tournament in a play-off which was ultimately decided by a nearest the pin contest?

That’s exactly what happened at the 2019 GolfSixes Cascais after Phachara Khongwatmai’s crucial tee shot on the second extra hole finished nearest the pin, sealing victory over Paul Waring’s and Tom Lewis’ England team.

Cue the Thailand duo of Khongwatmai and Thongchai Jaidee taking the leap into the swimming pool situated on the sixth tee.

 

The beer tent in Denmark

The Made in Denmark tournament has always been full of innovation and 2019 was no exception.

As players walked from the 13th green to the 14th tee, they were treated to a walk through the Heineken Lounge, where they were met by music and excitable Danish fans.

It’s safe to say Jamie Donaldson certainly made the most of his favourite Michael Jackson song being played…

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