Scotland's Russell Knox sank a 40-foot putt to beat Ryan Fox of New Zealand on the first playoff hole and win the Irish Open at Ballyliffin on Sunday.
Scottish-born Knox drained two huge 40-foot putts on the 18th green, the second on the opening play-off hole to hold off Fox and secure his first European Tour win since the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2015.
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"To make a putt like that, it's a dream come true", the 33-year-old told europeantour.com. "These things happen. People hole putts to win tournaments". Sometimes when I get too square with my feet, my upper body can get a little bit left and every putt I was missing was to the left.
"I'm just lucky to win one of these massive events, so thank you very much to Rolex".
Knox eagled the par-five fourth to give his final round some initial momentum, and added a birdie on the 6th to make the turn in 32.More news: Section 377 Hearing in Supreme Court
"But I was able to hit a good shot and get on the green, which I was thrilled with". Knox has work to do but let's not forget that he shot a closing 65 to jump 16 places and finish runner-up at last week's Open de France.
Not wanting to miss out, Knox hit a monster birdie to take a share of the four way lead. He will now head to Carnoustie full of confidence and has thrown his hat in the ring for a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team. He then birdied the sixth and then followed a birdie-bogey start to the back nine with a birdie at the 12th and another at the 15th, to join Fox and Spain's Jorge Campillo in a tie for the lead.
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The consoloation for Fox is that he did claim one of the Open qualifying spots given to three players in the top 10 and not already exempt. "Had one putt been an inch either way I'd still be out there now or even with the trophy in my hand but well done to Russell, he played some great golf".