Knox narrowly beats NZ's Fox in Irish Open

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

Scotland's Russell Knox sunk a wonderful final shot for a birdie on the first play-off hole to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin.

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.

The win is likely to lift Knox inside the world's top 50 as he prepares to return to home soil for next week's Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane.

"I said to James (caddie James Williams): 'Well, we've already made this putt so it can't be too hard'".

"My goal was to come to Europe for a month and then try and win a tournament, and to finish tied second last week in France and then to win this great tournament, I feel very lucky and unbelievable". I wasn't really aiming, I was just sort of reacting to the line.

"It's been an eye-opener to see how much goes into running a golf tournament and it's been great for me, especially for the future", McIlroy added.

"But I was able to hit a good shot and get on the green, which I was thrilled with".

"We play it in the Dunhill [Links Championship] most years and it's nowhere near what it's going to be like for an Open so it is nice".

Speaking about the two putts on the 18th, Knox added: "It's why I play golf, all the practice, all the misses, all the bad moments are taken care of with putts like that".

Spain's Jorge Campillo finished a shot outside the play-off after a brilliant final round of 65, with defending champion Jon Rahm another stroke back following a remarkable 66 which included a triple-bogey seven on the second and five birdies in the last six holes. "If I putt for four days at Carnoustie like I did today, I'd be happy".

After moving day, South African Erik Van Rooyen was in control with a four shot lead heading into the final round.

"To make that team, you have to win tournaments". A 30-footer on the eighth and another birdie on the ninth had him in a share of the lead but it would soon be a four-way tie. I read the putt and I was like, just don't aim.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE