Ponte Vedra's Russell Knox wins Irish Open in dramatic fashion

Russell Knox celebrates holing the winning putt on the 18th hole

Knox had a great feeling when he walked onto the 18th green in the playoff despite Fox's ball lying inside 15 feet.

The event's first staging in Co Donegal failed to produce an Irish challenge, but it got a finish, and a victor, worthy of the magnificent setting when the 33-year-old Scot proved to be the man with the X factor as he clinched a career-changing play-off win over New Zealander Ryan Fox.

For Fox, while he will have been gutted to come up short, he's assured of a place at the Open Championship in two weeks time at Carnoustie, as will the victor.

Fox shot 68 to Knox's 66, with Jorge Campillo going round in 65 to finish one off the pace at 13 under. I've done it before in the USA on the last hole, 12 feet.

All three hunted down Van Rooyen.

Campillo may have managed the lowest score on Sunday, but the performance of the day surely came from Jon Rahm, who managed a six-under 66 - rounded off with four birdies in succession - despite registering a triple-bogey seven on the second.

Rory McIlroy has vowed not to repeat the mistakes of his US Open campaign as he seeks a first major title since 2014 in next week's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Knox now heads to Scotland looking to win the Scottish Open. He has boosted his chances of making Europe's Ryder Cup team for the match against the United States in France in September.

"To make the Ryder Cup team you have to win tournaments", Knox said, "and this is a heck of a start".

Yet to win on the European Tour the 31-year-old said in the aftermath of his closest call yet that he was pleased with everything but the eventual result.

Knox holed a 45ft putt to force a play-off against luckless New Zealander Ryan Fox and then found himself standing over an nearly identical putt when they returned to the 18th for the first play-off hole.

Fox left himself a putt to win it.

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

"He sent a couple of videos of my body language after all the missed putts this week so it was a good little reminder that attitude is important and it seemed to help today", McIlroy joked.

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