Dead-eyed Knox beats Fox in Irish Open playoff

Russell Knox celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th hole

Russell Knox celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th hole

Russell Knox rolled in two fantastic, near-identical putts on both the 72nd and first play-off hole to claim the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Knox secured his playoff place by holing another huge putt at the 18th in his regulation round, with Fox missing a 10-foot putt that would have given him the title.

Knox had earlier landed an nearly identical putt to force the extra hole as he finished 14 under-par.

Fox went ahead with a birdie at the 17th, but Knox drained an unbelievable 40-footer on the 18th play-off after Fox missed from within 10 feet for an outright victory in regulation play.

Fox eventually edged ahead with a birdie at the 17th, but Knox would not go away and that sensational 40-footer on the last proved good enough for a play-off after Fox missed from inside 10 feet for outright victory. I'm so happy. I said (on the play-off hole) we've already made this putt, it can't be too hard.

"I'll just treat it like any other event", McIlroy said.

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"It was it was my time this week and I feel very lucky". When those putts go in, it's why you play golf.

It also offers some redemption on Irish soil after the 33-year-old finished second to Rory McIlroy at this event in 2016. "I hit the shots I wanted to down the stretch, I felt comfortable out there and it was close".

Jorge Campillo (65) finished in third place, a shot further back, and defending champion Jon Rahm was in a share of fourth after a 66. He has boosted his chances of making Europe's Ryder Cup team for the match against the United States in France in September.

All three hunted down Van Rooyen. He'd already marked our cards with back-to-back T4s in the Scottish and Irish Opens past year but this acts as a further reminder that he's a go-to guy whenever the European Tour heads for the links. Instead, the long hitting Kiwi will leave Ballyliffin in Ireland with mixed feelings after losing a play-off to Scotland's Russell Knox. When Knox couldn't birdie the favourable par-five 17th, Fox struck, hitting the green in two and safely two-putting to take a one-stroke lead into the final hole. I mean, how do you say you tried too hard?

In terms of the Irish on the field, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry were best placed, both on 2 under, 12 shots off the victor.

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