The Sheedy siblings — Mary, Tony and Senan — found themselves a long way from Tipperary on Thursday, literally. It’s roughly 4,500 miles from their home in Tipperary, Ireland, to University Place.
They came across the pond to visit another brother in Vancouver, British Columbia, but decided to travel south to take in the first day of the U.S. Open championship.
“We’re here to root on the Irish golfers,” Tony said.
They weren’t disappointed, getting to watch the likes of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Darren Clarke.
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Lowry got a bit of a surprise after teeing off on No. 18. Senan, decked out in a leprechaun hat with fake ears and bright red beard, shouted, “Come on, Shaney boy,” as Lowry passed, eliciting a smile from the golfer.
Tony and Mary also were sporting Irish regalia.
“We wanted the Irish players to know they had the support her,” said Mary, who had shamrock decals running the length of her right cheek.