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VIDEO: Lowry cracks top 100 after win in Portugal

The Offaly man became just the second player, after Pablo Martin, to win on the European Tour as both an amateur and professional.

IRELAND’S SHANE LOWRY has broken into the world’s top 100 golfers after winning the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura on Sunday.

The 25-year-old from Offaly has moved up to 74th from 128th after becoming just the second person in history to win on the European Tour as both an amateur and a professional.

Lowry famously won the Irish Open in 2009 and completed his one-stroke victory in Portugal when England’s Ross Fisher three-putted the final hole.

“I cannot believe this,” Lowry, who came from four behind Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in the final round, said afterwards.

“I can’t explain how I feel really. It’s a dream come true – I’m over the moon.

“Everyone was referring to me as the fella who won the Irish Open as an amateur, but now I’ve won such a prestigious event I don’t know what to say.”

Central to Lowry’s victory was a stunning eagle on the 11th hole, which you can see here…

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