European Tour

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

Round 4

Russell Knox wins playoff for Irish Open

July 08, 2018

Russell Knox provided one of the most dramatic finishes of the season to roar to victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, holing two monster putts at the 18th hole and overcoming Ryan Fox in a play-off to become the fourth Rolex Series Champion of the 2018 Race to Dubai.

Russell Knox wins playoff for Irish Open, © Getty Images

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“This is an excellent venue. Ballyliffin Golf Club was terrific. Obviously I have loved it. It was amazing. I can't believe I'm standing here holding this trophy right now."

The Scot began the day six shots off the lead at the majestic Ballyliffin Golf Club in county Donegal and his round took flight with an eagle at the par five fourth hole. Four more birdies and a sole bogey meant he stepped onto the 18th tee with a 13 under par total, the clubhouse target which had already been set by Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

It looked like Knox might have to settle for par at best after his approach finished 35 feet from the hole on the edge of the green right in front of the packed galleries, but the 33 year old proceeded to roll it into the cup to rapturous cheers, moving him to 14 under.

“That's why you play golf, to hole a putt like that on the last hole. The adrenaline just comes out and it's the best feeling in the world to be honest."

“I thought my chances had slipped on 17, failing to make birdie. I knew Foxy had bombed one down there. I knew my only chance was to birdie 18, and I just got it cutting on the wind into the rough and I thought, ‘oh, no, I'm going to be doomed over there’."

“But I was able to hit a good shot and get on the green, which I was thrilled with. Then I just blacked out to be honest. I stood over the putt. I read the putt and I thought, just don't aim. Just react. I mean, I pured the putt. I remember thinking as soon as I hit it, I've hit it a bit firm, and it just started tracking and it dropped - unbelievable."

New Zealander Fox could only watch from the fairway as the drama unfolded and he looked set to rain on Knox’s parade moments later after a stunning approach to the final green. His putt slipped by, however, meaning extra holes were required to separate the two.

"I feel alright. Russ rolled in a big one on 18 to get in the playoff and holed a massive one in the play-off, as well. I hit two great putts on 18 and one grazed the edge and one came back at me. Look, I'm happy. I hit the shots I wanted to down the stretch. I felt comfortable out there, and it was close."

"I love links golf. I love being able to hit bump-and-runs from 70 or 80 yards, like on 18 a couple of times. I can't tell you what it is. I guess Ireland and Scotland feel a little bit like home. Look, I'm happy and it's a bloody nice consolation to get into The Open Championship."

Former WGC-HSBC Champion Knox found the rough and it looked like advantage to Fox after he smashed another huge drive down the fairway, before knocking it inside Knox’s second shot to within ten feet.

Knox had other ideas though, and from an almost identical position to his final putt in regulation play, he drained another incredible birdie putt to claim the title, becoming the first Scottish Rolex Series winner and moving to fifth in the Race to Dubai from 25th.

Fox did have a consolation prize by earning a spot in The Open Championship in two weeks' time, while Campillo finished in outright third place. The 2017 champion Jon Rahm finished with a six under 66 to claim a share of fourth place alongside the third round leader Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Russell Knox
SCO
-14
71
69
68
66
274
2
Ryan Fox
NZL
-14
67
69
70
68
274
3
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-13
70
71
69
65
275
T4
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-12
71
65
66
74
276
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-12
74
69
67
66
276
T6
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-9
73
72
65
69
279
T6
Danny Willett
ENG
-9
68
70
69
72
279
T6
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-9
72
69
70
68
279
T6
Zander Lombard
RSA
-9
70
68
72
69
279
T10
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-8
68
68
73
71
280
T10
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-8
71
70
68
71
280
T12
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-7
69
68
69
75
281
T12
Peter Uihlein
USA
-7
70
70
70
71
281
T14
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
69
73
71
69
282
T14
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
68
73
73
68
282
T14
Chris Wood
ENG
-6
70
71
74
67
282
T14
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-6
69
74
68
71
282
T14
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-6
69
72
72
69
282
T19
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-5
68
76
69
70
283
T19
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-5
72
68
73
70
283
T19
Lee Westwood
ENG
-5
68
71
70
74
283
T19
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-5
70
72
71
70
283
T19
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
72
70
72
69
283
T24
George Coetzee
RSA
-4
71
71
69
73
284
T24
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
72
69
73
70
284
T24
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
69
69
74
72
284
27
Julian Suri
USA
-3
76
67
72
70
285
T28
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
69
74
74
69
286
T28
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-2
72
73
70
71
286
T28
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
76
69
70
71
286
T28
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
71
70
72
73
286
T28
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
74
68
71
73
286
T28
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
68
77
69
72
286
T28
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
72
72
75
67
286
T28
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
70
73
72
71
286
T28
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
72
70
74
70
286
T37
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
72
71
72
72
287
T37
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
71
71
72
73
287
T37
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
75
68
71
73
287
T40
Darren Fichardt
RSA
Par
72
72
70
74
288
T40
David Horsey
ENG
Par
74
69
72
73
288
T40
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
71
73
73
71
288
T40
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
73
72
72
71
288
T40
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
75
67
75
71
288
T40
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
70
74
74
70
288
T40
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
69
74
74
71
288
T40
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
71
73
72
72
288
T40
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
73
72
73
70
288
T49
Adam Bland
AUS
1
76
69
71
73
289
T49
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
73
71
73
72
289
T49
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
69
74
76
70
289
T49
James Morrison
ENG
1
73
70
74
72
289
T49
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
74
70
72
73
289
T49
Marc Warren
SCO
1
70
74
72
73
289
T49
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
74
71
73
71
289
T49
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
71
73
72
73
289
T49
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
1
73
70
71
75
289
T49
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
70
73
76
70
289
T59
Daniel Brooks
ENG
2
74
71
75
70
290
T59
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
72
71
73
74
290
T59
Simon Thornton
IRL
2
72
70
74
74
290
T59
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
70
73
73
74
290
T59
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
73
71
74
72
290
T64
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
3
71
73
76
71
291
T64
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
69
74
78
70
291
T64
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
76
69
74
72
291
T64
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
72
72
76
71
291
T64
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
73
71
75
72
291
T69
Bradley Dredge
WAL
4
72
73
75
72
292
T69
Brandon Stone
RSA
4
74
70
71
77
292
T69
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
4
72
71
74
75
292
T72
Andrew Dodt
AUS
5
74
71
74
74
293
T72
Paul Waring
ENG
5
71
71
77
74
293
74
Andres Romero
ARG
6
70
75
78
71
294
75
Charlie Ford
ENG
7
73
72
71
79
295
76
Jens Dantorp
SWE
9
72
71
77
77
297
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
76
70
-
-
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
76
70
-
-
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
71
75
-
-
146
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
2
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
68
78
-
-
146
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
2
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
72
75
-
-
147
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
77
70
-
-
147
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
3
77
70
-
-
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
72
75
-
-
147
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
71
76
-
-
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
72
-
-
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
80
67
-
-
147
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
76
71
-
-
147
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
70
77
-
-
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
3
78
69
-
-
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Colm Moriarty
IRL
4
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
5
79
70
-
-
149
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
5
78
71
-
-
149
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
77
72
-
-
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
5
72
77
-
-
149
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
76
73
-
-
149
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
5
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
77
72
-
-
149
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
5
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
5
74
75
-
-
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
80
70
-
-
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
73
77
-
-
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
6
73
77
-
-
150
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
6
77
73
-
-
150
CUT
Cian McNamara
IRL
7
76
75
-
-
151
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
80
72
-
-
152
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
8
75
77
-
-
152
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
75
77
-
-
152
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
8
77
75
-
-
152
CUT
Neil O'Briain
IRL
8
78
74
-
-
152
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
80
73
-
-
153
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
9
76
77
-
-
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
10
75
79
-
-
154
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
11
75
80
-
-
155
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
11
79
76
-
-
155
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
11
78
77
-
-
155
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
77
78
-
-
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
12
78
78
-
-
156
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
12
78
78
-
-
156
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
14
82
76
-
-
158
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
15
78
81
-
-
159
DSQ
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
73
-
-
-
73
DSQ
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
71
-
-
-
71
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
-
-
-
-
0
RET
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
80
-
-
-
80
RET
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
76
-
-
-
76
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Russell Knox
SCO
-14
274
2
Ryan Fox
NZL
-14
274
3
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-13
275
T4
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-12
276
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-12
276
T6
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-9
279
T6
Danny Willett
ENG
-9
279
T6
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-9
279
T6
Zander Lombard
RSA
-9
279
T10
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-8
280
T10
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-8
280
T12
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-7
281
T12
Peter Uihlein
USA
-7
281
T14
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
282
T14
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
282
T14
Chris Wood
ENG
-6
282
T14
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-6
282
T14
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-6
282
T19
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-5
283
T19
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-5
283
T19
Lee Westwood
ENG
-5
283
T19
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-5
283
T19
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
283
T24
George Coetzee
RSA
-4
284
T24
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
284
T24
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
284
27
Julian Suri
USA
-3
285
T28
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
286
T28
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-2
286
T28
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
286
T28
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
286
T28
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
286
T28
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
286
T28
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
286
T28
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
286
T28
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
286
T37
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
287
T37
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
287
T37
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
287
T40
Darren Fichardt
RSA
Par
288
T40
David Horsey
ENG
Par
288
T40
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
288
T40
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
288
T40
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
288
T40
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
288
T40
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
288
T40
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
288
T40
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
288
T49
Adam Bland
AUS
1
289
T49
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
289
T49
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
289
T49
James Morrison
ENG
1
289
T49
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
289
T49
Marc Warren
SCO
1
289
T49
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
289
T49
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
289
T49
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
1
289
T49
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
289
T59
Daniel Brooks
ENG
2
290
T59
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
290
T59
Simon Thornton
IRL
2
290
T59
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
290
T59
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
290
T64
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
3
291
T64
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
291
T64
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
291
T64
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
291
T64
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
291
T69
Bradley Dredge
WAL
4
292
T69
Brandon Stone
RSA
4
292
T69
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
4
292
T72
Andrew Dodt
AUS
5
293
T72
Paul Waring
ENG
5
293
74
Andres Romero
ARG
6
294
75
Charlie Ford
ENG
7
295
76
Jens Dantorp
SWE
9
297
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
146
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
146
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
2
146
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
146
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
146
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
2
146
CUT
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
2
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
147
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
3
147
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
3
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
147
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
147
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
3
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
147
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
147
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
3
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
147
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
3
147
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
3
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
148
CUT
Colm Moriarty
IRL
4
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
148
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
149
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
5
149
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
5
149
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
5
149
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
149
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
149
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
5
149
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
5
149
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
149
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
5
149
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
5
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
150
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
6
150
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
6
150
CUT
Cian McNamara
IRL
7
151
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
152
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
8
152
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
152
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
8
152
CUT
Neil O'Briain
IRL
8
152
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
153
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
9
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
10
154
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
11
155
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
11
155
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
11
155
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
12
156
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
12
156
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
14
158
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
15
159
DSQ
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
73
DSQ
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
71
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
0
RET
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
80
RET
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
76