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Irish Open: Russell Knox edges Ryan Fox in play-off to take title

Irish Open: Russell Knox edges Ryan Fox in play-off to take title

-14 R Knox (Sco), won in play-off, R Fox (Nzl); -13 J Campillo (Spa); -12 J Rahm (Spa), E van Rooyen (SA); -9 Z Lombard (SA), T Olesen (Den), A Sullivan (Eng), D Willett (Eng) 

Scotland's Russell Knox beat New Zealand's Ryan Fox on the first hole of a play-off to win the Irish Open.

World number 87 Knox, 33, won by holing a 40-foot birdie after knocking in an almost identical putt to card a six-under 66 and force the extra hole.

Fox missed a 10-foot putt to win on the 72nd hole as he signed for a 68 to also finish on 14 under at Ballyliffin.

He then saw an effort from a similar distance lip-out when they replayed the 18th to hand victory to Knox.

"It was obviously a putt you're going to miss way more times than you make," said the 33-year-old Scot after the dramatic finish to the tournament.

"For me to have made it twice in a row...I'm very lucky."

Fox, along with England's Andy Sullivan and South African Zander Lombard, had the consolation of clinching an Open Championship spot for the three leading non-exempt top-10 finishers at Ballyliffin.

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.

Van Rooyen's four-stroke lead was cancelled out when Fox birdied the 11th to join the South African on 12 under.

Van Rooyen had birdied the fourth to move to 15 under but his three bogeys in four holes from the sixth gave hope to the chasing pack.

World number five Rahm looked out of contention following a triple bogey at the second but an eagle at the sixth undid some of the damage and his four closing birdies included a tap-in at the 18th after his wedge approach hit the pin. 

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