Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox finishes second at Irish Open after missing birdie putt in play-off hole

share

Source:

Associated Press

Scottish golfer Russell Knox rolled in almost-identical birdie putts from around 40 feet (12.2 metres) on the 72nd hole and the first playoff hole to win the Irish Open today.

After Knox made birdie on No. 18 to set the clubhouse target at 14-under par, Ryan Fox of New Zealand missed an 8-foot (2.4 metres) birdie putt that would have won him the Rolex Series event.

They went back down the 18th hole for the playoff and Knox pitched from 131 yards (120 metres) to virtually the same spot on the green. His long birdie putt curled left to right and into the cup.

Fox failed to match the birdie, his putt agonisingly lipping out, and Knox put his hands to his face.

"Tough to describe how amazing this feels," said Knox, who shot 6-under 66 in his final round.

"It's why I play golf — all the practice days, all the misses, all the bad moments, all are taken care of with putts like that ... Making two of them from almost identical positions. I mean, that's a bit of a bonus. Unbelievable."

DONEGAL, IRELAND - JULY 08:    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 on July 8, 2018 in  Donegal, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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.

Source: Getty

Knox is set to climb into the world's top 50, having tied for second place at the French Open last week, and is fifth in the Race to Dubai. 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. "This is a heck of a start but I feel I have more to go."

Fox, who had a 68, secured a place in the British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, later this month.

Jorge Campillo (65) was in third place, a shot further back, and defending champion Jon Rahm was in a share of fourth after a 66.

Rory McIlroy shot 71 and was 2 under overall.

loading error

refresh