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21 July 2019; Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship on Day Four of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co Antrim. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

21 July 2019; Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship on Day Four of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co Antrim. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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21 July 2019; Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship on Day Four of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co Antrim. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Shane Lowry is missing golf. He may be the Open Champion, but just like every other club hacker in the country, Shane is not able to get out and play as golf courses have been shut down in a bid to help stop the spread of the coronavirus around the world.

"I never thought there'd be a moment in my life that golf wouldn't be there. But here we are now," said Lowry on the Des's Island Discs radio show. "It's strange times."

Lowry will stay as the Open Champion for another year with the 2020 event cancelled, and the time off the course has given him time to reflect on Royal Portrush nine months ago.

"I've watched a bit on YouTube now and again of late, but the first two rounds are a bit of a blur. It was only the other day that I realised I birdied the first three holes at Portrush in the second round. That's fair going."

Of course being Open Champion has changed Lowry's life - "in little ways, you get little privileges, but it doesn't get you out on courses now, for instance."

One of his music choices was Wonderwall by Oasis. "They are the one band I'd love to see live, they were just a part of me growing up. I don't know if it's ever going to happen now, though," Shane lamented.

Over to you Liam and Noel!