This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
We can't begin to say we know all about the complicated dynamics between Ireland and Northern Ireland. But it was clear from watching all week that they are in complete unison when it comes to their golf.
As the Open Championship returned to the island of Ireland for the first time in 68 years and only the second time ever, the storybook finish that two countries were rooting for – a winner from Ireland or Northern Island – actually happened. Hallmark could not have written it any better.
"Everybody knows that we're all one country when it comes to golf," Shane Lowry said on Sunday in the immediate aftermath of becoming only the sixth Irishman to win a major championship.
Sure, it would've been an even bigger deal for the majority of the fans lining the fairways at Royal Portrush if Rory McIlroy, or even fellow Northern Irishmen Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, had won the 148th Open on home soil.
But that almost sounds like nitpicking after a week of near golf perfection, and everyone cannot wait for the return to Portrush, now officially the 10th course in the