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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Winning a major golf tournament has to be a Tier 1 day in anyone’s life (OK, so it was just another week for Tiger Woods 15 years ago).

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But what to make of Sunday’s potential for Shane Lowry?

Any country has its sports heroes, and Ireland and Northern Ireland have their share. MMA star Conor McGregor. Olympic 5,000-meter gold medalist Ron Delany. World champion boxer Steve Collins (in two different weights in the 1990s). It doesn’t matter that the last two aren’t exactly household names in the U.S.; they are in their native land.

But what awaits Lowry may be unmatched in Irish sports history. This morning, under what are expected to be strong winds and occasional downpours, Lowry brings a four-shot lead into the first professional golf major to be held in the Emerald Isle since 1951. Bring this home, before perhaps 70,000 roaring supporters, and you’re not a hero. You’re a legend.

In the final moments of his 63 on Saturday, Lowry told his caddie that “we might never have a day like this on the golf course again, so let’s enjoy this.”

“Honestly, that’s the most incredible day I’ve ever had on the golf course,” Lowry told the press after the round. “I just can’t believe what it was like.”

Tommy Fleetwood would seem to be the only challenger with a reasonable chance to chase down Lowry, although Brooks Koepka is hoping for a Irish monsoon that might spark him from seven shots back.

But it’s all on Lowry. Hero. Legend. Or something far less enjoyable.

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