The Clara man also shared how surreal it was to lie in bed this morning with the Claret Jug tucked in beside him.
And in his latest column with Paddy Power News as a freshly crowned Open Champion, he spoke about the role his caddy Brian ‘Bo’ Martin played in keeping his feet on the ground at a pivotal moment as he edged ever closer to the ultimate victory of capturing a Major.
Speaking to Paddy Power News, the firm’s golf ambassador admitted: “I holed a putt on 15 to go 6 ahead with 3 to play. I thought at that point I’m going to make history here – it’s going one way or the other. It’s either going to be the biggest mess-up of all time or I’m gonna win!”
I suppose I still can’t really believe it. I lay in bed this morning and I had the Claret Jug there and it was just an incredible feeling. It’s still a bit surreal to be honest.
I did yea. We went to bed quite late last night and I had it on the bedside locker beside me. Wendy (Shane’s wife) got up early this morning with Iris (their two-year-old daughter) and I put the jug in beside me. It’s outrageous. It is a dream come true.
Obviously, it’s taken a lot more than luck to get me here but I feel very lucky that it’s happened to me. To win it in Portrush was just even more special. The fact that it’s on the island of Ireland too. I mean what a weekend.
I haven’t been on my phone a whole lot over the last 24 hours. Over the coming days, I’ll probably have a better sense of what it’s actually been like but I was speaking to a few people who were in Croke Park yesterday for example and they were telling me the scores were being announced over the system in Croke Park which is wild. Anybody that knows me knows I’m the biggest GAA man you’ll find, so for that to happen is mad.
The general GAA people will be very happy for me I hope and the best thing about it is it gives me a great sense of pleasure that I can bring some much joy to the country. That’s the biggest thing for me.
It’s great for Offaly and where I’m from in Clara. I have all my close friends with me here today and I’m looking forward to getting down to my granny’s house and giving her the Claret Jug. It’s just going to be so special. I never thought it would happen to me.
It was unbelievable to have your daughter there when you win not just a tournament but the British Open. Selfishly speaking I wanted her there because if I had a bad day I know she would put a smile back on my face no matter what.
She was in the house this morning and she was trying to lift the trophy and she couldn’t because it was so heavy. We have her saying ‘Daddy win’ now so it’s amazing. It’s something we will look back on forever.