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

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy"I hit the ball very well I gave myself a lot of chances

Ryan Fox putts during the second round of the Irish Open.

Fox and Knox produced as many twists as Dr Seuss envisioned, going back and forth in a thrilling final day, and while it was Knox (stay with me) coming out on top, Fox didn't have many complaints as he claimed second and the $1.1 million New Zealand dollars which came with it (€ 665,614).

"This is a great start but this is not good enough".

Scottish golfer Russell Knox edged the Kiwi to win the tournament this morning.

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.

Knox will remember it as long as he lives - especially if he makes the Ryder Cup team he was so unlucky not to make two years ago, when he was the sixth-highest European in the World Rankings and failed to get a wild card.

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

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It was his first victory since the Travelers Championship in the U.S. in 2016, a winning cheque of nearly £890,000 lifting him to fifth place in the Race to Dubai standings. "I'd have the trophy in my hand". Although Fox would invariably bring it to a playoff, this was an equally spectacular effort. I read the putt and I was like, just don't aim. "Fortunately I've done it before, so I knew I could do it".

"I feel like I've made some improvements over the last couple of days on that and at least I know I'm trending in the right direction heading into the Open Championship". "I feel bad for Ryan but I guess it was my time".

"I hit the shots I wanted to down the stretch, felt comfortable out there and it was close. The adrenalin just comes out and, I mean, it's the best feeling in the world to be honest".

"I've played so much golf there's no point quitting now when we've got more Open spots up for grabs next week - the last chance saloon". "I have to qualify by right", Knox said.

Fox, who had the consolation of booking his place in the Open for the second year running in this event, said: "It's a bloody nice consolation".

The duo finished a stroke ahead of Spain's Jorge Campillo, who fired a course-record equalling 65 as defending champion Jon Rahm hit an eventful 66 to share fourth with overnight leader South African Erik van Rooyen.

Rory McIlroy discusses improvements in his game during the final two rounds of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

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