KEEP THAT CARD
Tony Finau: Once the weather turned British Open-worthy, only Finau endured it well. Of the final 20 players off the tee (these were the leaders of the world's oldest golf championship), only Finau managed par or better., He shot a par 71 and finished third.
TOSS THAT CARD
Tommy Fleetwood: His 74 was six strokes worse than his second-worst round of the tournament. The margin between his second-place score and Shane Lowry's winning score? Six strokes.
It was never going to be a good pairing, efficient Brooks Koepka with leisurely J.B. Holmes. Then Holmes started hacking his way to an 87, and Koepka started steaming. Eventually, while walking to the 12th tee, Koepka got an official's attention and pointed to an imaginary watch on his wrist. Koepka, world No. 1 and majors monster, spoke at length about it afterward, certainly not blaming Holmes for his 74 and failure to make a charge. But Holmes will remember this quote: "J.B. is a slow player."
ON THE COURSE WITH …
Brendan Lowry, father of the champ: Brendan and his two brothers led a team to the 1982 Gaelic football championship, and he's a burly dude (who still manages to appear more fit than his son). But he looked less grizzled when caught crying off the 18th green Sunday. As good as that '82 title? "Nothing like that," he said. "This is so much better."
• Koepka finished tied for fourth, and was inside the top 10 for all four majors this year. He joined Jack Nicklaus (twice), Tiger Woods (twice), Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth as the only golfers to pull that off.
• It was the first time a winner shot an over-par final round at the British Open since Tom Lehman shot 73 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1996.
• The win by 33rd-ranked Lowry ended a streak of 11 majors with a winner in the top 25 of the world ranking.
• Francesco Molinari produced Sunday's best round, a 66. He closed pretty well last year, too. His 69 came with a claret jug.
• Because he tied for fourth, Lee Westwood will receive an invitation to the Masters after missing the past two. Scotland's Robert McIntyre, a qualifier for this Open, will play next year after finishing tied for sixth.
Par-4, 426-yard No. 15: Shane Lowry had made four bogeys in seven holes, then made an 8-foot birdie putt here.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"This is proper Open Championship weather to become a champion. You can say you truly became a champion on a perfect Open Championship day. Rain, wind, difficult. Whoever gets to do it, they will be called a champion."
— Jon Rahm, whose 75 tie him for 11th
TWEET OF THE DAY
"$718,000:What J.B. Holmes would have made if he held onto his third round third place position.
$25,650:What J.B. Holmes actually made after carding a fourth round 87 and tying for 67th place."
— Darren Rovell, Sporting News (@darrenrovell).
Starting dates and sites for 2020: April 9, the Masters (at Augusta National, but you knew that); May 14, PGA Championship (TPC Harding Park in San Francisco); June 17, U.S. Open (Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y.); July 19, British Open (Royal St. Georges in Kent).