Ryan Fox falls agonisingly short at Irish Open

Ryan Fox falls agonisingly short at Irish Open

After Knox made birdie on the 18th to set the clubhouse target at 14 under par, Fox narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie putt that would have won him the Rolex Series event at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal.

He almost managed it - a booming drive and delicate approach left Fox needing to hole an eight-footer to win his first title on the European Tour, but past the right edge it skimmed, leaving Fox stunned, and giving Knox a second chance as the pair returned to the 18th hole for a playoff.

Fox shot 68 to Knox's 66, with Jorge Campillo going round in 65 to finish one off the pace at 13 under. I mean, that's a bit of a bonus.

New Zealander Fox put his approach into the 18th to ten feet but he missed his putt for the title, leaving the pair walking back to play the 18th again.

He made ammends for his second placed finish at last years event. I'm so happy. I said (on the play-off hole) we've already made this putt, it can't be too hard.

Knox then birdied the sixth and after three straight pars but then after a birdie 3 at the 10th the Scot found himself in a four-way share of the lead on 12-under par.

The Scot rolled in a 40 foot putt on the final green in regulation to tie with Fox at the top of the leaderboard on 14 under for the tournament.

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Kevin Na ended a near-seven year wait for his second PGA Tour victory thanks to a brilliant final round of 64 to win the Military tribute at The Greenbrier by five shots over 54-hole leader Kelly Kraft.

"It's always nice to play links golf in the run up to an Open and I love the challenge of it". The leading four players not already exempt from the top-12 finishers qualified.

"The greens were rock hard", Na said.

McIlroy chances at Shinnecock Hills last month should have been boosted by a lengthy spell of preparation on Long Island, the 29-year-old renting a house in the area for two weeks and making the trip east immediately after finishing in a tie for eighth in the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

'I do fancy my chances at Carnoustie, actually, but I'm not being greedy right now, ' he said. "Had one putt been an inch either way I'd still be out there now or even with the trophy in my hand but well done to Russell, he played some great golf".

Rory McIlroy shot 71 and was 2 under overall.

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