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

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

SCOTLAND'S Russell Knox holed a huge putt on the first hole of a playoff to defeat New Zealand's Ryan Fox and claim the Irish Open in dramatic fashion.

The pair played the same hole again, with Knox holing from an nearly identical position while Fox missed his birdie chance from about 12 feet. You might think the video below is just a replay of the putt in regulation, but it is indeed Knox proving that it wasn't just luck he made the putt the first time. Knox made his first red number of the day via birdie-2 at 5 before he added a second circle at 8.

Jorge Campillo's seven-under round saw him leap to 13-under, one shot behind Fox and Knox, defending champion Jon Rahm left his bid too late and finished a further shot back, while Erik Van Rooyen's overnight lead of four strokes soon evaporated, as did his title chances as he too signed for a 12-under total.

For Fox, who is one of the longest hitters on the European Tour, it is a fifth top-10 finish in Rolex Series events and he has the consolation of securing a place at the Open Championship, 12 months after achieving the same feat at this event.

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The Scot will move back into the world's top 50 as a result of a win which boosts his hopes of a first Ryder Cup appearance in September.

"I mean, obviously, to make a putt like that, it's a dream come true, on the last hole to win", said Knox. It's a great start with this win and last week as well.

Knox also eagled the fourth from just six feet and he added birdies from six and 15 feet on the sixth and 10th.

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The 33-year-old rolled in a 40-footer at the 72nd hole for a closing 66 to post the clubhouse target of 14-under-par, which was then matched by Kiwi Ryan Fox (68).

He was going one better after taking second to Irish Open host Rory McIlroy in this event in 2016.

After struggling badly on the greens over the opening three days, McIlroy was happier with his putting performance in a round which included three successive birdies from the 11th. I had a great feeling on the greens.

"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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