Russell Knox shoots super putt double for play-off win at Irish Open


After rallying to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in a playoff, Russell Knox is back inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in almost a year.

South Africa's Erik van Rooyen began the day with a four-shot lead but struggled to a 74 to finish alongside Rahm on 12 under.

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.

The Scotsman needed to hole his 40-foot birdie putt on Ballyliffin's 18th hole to get to 14 under and a chance of a playoff with New Zealand's Ryan Fox. Like, just react.' I mean, I pured the putt.

Coming out on top in a two-man playoff with the New Zealander Ryan Fox, Knox showed tremendous calmness and composure to sink a very, very long putt on the 18th. The Scottish world number 87 sunk a mammoth 40-foot putt on 18 to force Fox to require a birdie for victory.

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. Andy Sullivan and Zander Lombard took the other two places after finishing tied-sixth. He played some magnificent golf but his putter was stone cold and he will head to Carnoustie desperately hoping to rediscover his touch on the greens.

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. It was his second tour title.

Na, who is a real Marmite golfer (you either hate his slow play or you love the determination he demonstrates) birdied six of his first 10 holes to open up a big lead over Kraft on the Old White TPC in West Virginia. Kraft, Snedeker, Kokrak and Austin Cook earned spots in The Open at Carnoustie. He couldn't get the required eagle and finished on -12.

"I thought my chances had slipped on 17 to be honest, failing to make birdie", Knox said.

'Golf is hard, ' he said.

He said: "I definitely saw some encouraging signs on the greens today which was great and gives me something to work on over the next few days in preparation for Carnoustie".