Lowry voted Hilton Golfer of the Month for January

Irishman won with 63 per cent of the public vote.
Irishman won with 63 per cent of the public vote.

Shane Lowry has been voted Hilton Golfer of the Month for December/January after winning his first European Tour title in nearly four years at the the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.

The Irishman received 63 per cent of the public vote ahead of South African Open winner Louis Oosthuizen, who collected 18 per cent of the vote to claim second place.

Lowry was four shots off the lead of Richard Sterne with seven holes to play in the first Rolex Series event of 2019. Three late birdies, including one on the 72nd hole, proved enough, however, as the 31 year old triumphed by a single shot at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

It was Lowry’s fourth win on the European Tour and first in 1,258 days, or 52 events, since returning victorious at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Oosthuizen, who finished second in the competition, won his ninth European Tour title – and fifth in his home country – at Randpark Golf Club for his first title since 2016. The South African’s six-shot victory was the largest on the European Tour in a stretch of 28 events.

Bryson DeChambeau came third with 16 per cent of the public vote after claiming his first international title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where the American finished seven strokes clear of the field.

Meanwhile, Kurt Kitayama came fourth in last month’s competition after winning his maiden European Tour title at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita.

Fans who cast their vote for Hilton Golfer of the Month are automatically entered into a fantastic prize draw, with one lucky voter winning a one-night stay at any Hilton hotel, anywhere in the world.

As the most recent recipient of the award, Lowry will be automatically upgraded to Hilton Honors Diamond Status—Hilton’s award-winning loyalty program.

Hilton is the Official Sponsor of the Hilton Golfer of the Month award, which recognises and rewards the best performances of European Tour Members each month.