Champion Golfer of the Year Shane Lowry Is Becoming the latest player to join the Most exclusive group of Honorary Life Members in the European Union.

Where held off Tommy Fleetwood about the day to storm into a victory lowry was presented together with the membership recognition of his Open victory in July, his maiden major title. The European Tour winners would be the 56th participant to take up Honorary Life Membership as the system has been introduced in 1978, following on from Patrick Reed this season being granted the status. “It is very cool to obtain this award,” Lowry said. “When you start playing golf when you’re a child you do not understand how great you could be, or even when you start acting as a specialist. I didn’t know that I would get for this afternoon, therefore it’s pretty cool. “I’ve obviously joined a great collection of names, which can be pretty great also. My heart lies with The European Tour. I will always be a part. I enjoy coming back and I enjoy playing in events in this way, therefore it is an extreme privilege to receive this.” Lowry breakthrough at Royal Portrush is one of two victories on the European Union in 2019, using all the Irishman also winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January. The 32-year-old received the award from European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the season’s fourth largest Rolex Series event. “Shane’s incredible success at Royal Portrush is going to be remembered as one of the iconic performances from the Championship’s storied history,” Pelley said. “Shane is a great personality and I think you once you look at the notable reception he appreciated round the island of Ireland in the week following his triumph, as well as the warmth and cheer on social media globally, that shows you how hot he’s at the game. He’s also a excellent ambassador for the European Tour, and is consequently a really worthy recipient of the honor.” See the BMW PGA Championship through the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage of this opening round starts on Thursday by 9am on Sky Sports Golf and 10.30am on Sky Sports Main Event. Read more here: