Knox holes 40-foot birdie to win £5.3m Irish Open

Knox holes 40-foot birdie to win £5.3m Irish Open

Russell Knox emerged victorious after a playoff with Ryan Fox on a thrilling afternoon at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Sunday.

He began the day six shots off the lead but closed with a six-under 66, holing an outrageous 40-footer on the final green to set the target at 14-under, before holing a almost identical putt to break Fox's heart in sudden death.

Fox still looked the likely victor as Knox's approach from rough ended up 40 feet from the pin but incredibly the Scot holed which left the New Zealand needing a closing birdie to win.

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. This means the world to me'.

Fox then two-putted for birdie on the 17th hole as Knox made the first of his enormous putts on 18 to set the clubhouse target at 14-under, giving the New Zealander a chance to claim the title if he could make birdie on the last.

McIlroy will spend several days in London at the start of this week before stepping up his preparation for Carnoustie, where he made his Open debut as an 18-year-old and won the silver medal for leading amateur.

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The 21-year-old Swiss will face the victor of German 11th seed Angelique Kerber's match against Japanese 18th seed Naomi Osaka . The Serb, seeded 12th, will meet big-hitting Russian youngster Karen Khachanov for a place in the quarter-final.

While disappointed at not winning Fox still earns almost $1.5 million for finishing runner-up and will tee off in the third major of the year the Open at Carnoustie in two weeks time.

Fox bogeyed the first but holed a 30-footer for eagle on the fourth and when he birdied the 11th, he was at the top of the leaderboard. That's why I play golf.

Four birdies between the eighth and the 13th holes secured a joint 28th-place finish at the weekend after a disappointing eight bogeys in the previous two rounds at Ballyliffin.

Kevin Na ended a near-seven year wait for his second PGA Tour victory thanks to a brilliant final round of 64 to win the Military tribute at The Greenbrier by five shots over 54-hole leader Kelly Kraft.

'Golf is hard, ' he said. "I heard Russ holed a big one on 18 to get in the playoff and he obviously holed a massive one in the playoff as well".

"The Open Championship is very important to me and I think I overreacted a little bit yesterday", McDowell said. "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".

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