Russell Knox sinks monster putt to win Irish Open following dramatic play-off

Erik Van Rooyen was in control of Irish Open 2018 entering the final round Sunday July 8

The 2018 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open was won by Scotland's Russell Knox, after a dramatic play-off win at Ballyliffin.

Ryan Fox of New Zealand reacts to a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

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. Although Fox would invariably bring it to a playoff, this was an equally spectacular effort. I'm so happy. I said (on the play-off hole) we've already made this putt, it can't be too hard.

"I'm excited and slightly nervous because Carnoustie is a bit of a beast".

"I feel alright. I had two great putts on 18, one grazed the edge and one came back at me, so I'm happy - I hit the shots I wanted to down the stretch, felt comfortable out there, and.it was close", he said.

"I've played so much golf there's no point quitting now when we've got more Open spots up for grabs next week - the last chance saloon".

Fox, who had the consolation of booking his place in the Open for the second year running in this event, said: "It's a bloody nice consolation". "Fortunately I've done it before, so I knew I could do it".

Campillo finished the first nine on -6 - with Van Rooyen bogeying on 11th to leave the lead at two strokes.

Knox then birdied the sixth and after three straight pars but then after a birdie 3 at the 10th the Scot found himself in a four-way share of the lead on 12-under par. He'd already marked our cards with back-to-back T4s in the Scottish and Irish Opens previous year but this acts as a further reminder that he's a go-to guy whenever the European Tour heads for the links.

Scottish golfer Russell Knox edged the Kiwi to win the tournament this morning.

McIlroy chances at Shinnecock Hills last month should have been boosted by a lengthy spell of preparation on Long Island, the 29-year-old renting a house in the area for two weeks and making the trip east immediately after finishing in a tie for eighth in the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

Wade Ormsby and Adam Bland were Australia's best, both finishing 15 shots behind the victor for a tie of 49th.

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