Russell Knox emerged victorious after a playoff with Ryan Fox on a thrilling afternoon at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Sunday.
Knox closed the tournament with a magnificent round of 66 at the fabulous Ballyliffin Golf Club (Watch Course VLOG), which turned out to be a wonderful venue.
The New Zealander had that putt for the title but missed on the high side and the pair were left to go back up the last.
Knox had earlier landed an nearly identical putt to force the extra hole as he finished 14 under-par.
Rory McIlroy has vowed not to repeat the mistakes of his US Open campaign as he seeks a first major title since 2014 in next week's Open Championship at Carnoustie. "On that last putt I said to my caddie, "I've already made this putt, so it can't be too difficult". "These things happen. People hole putts to win tournaments".
"The putts have been going in these last couple of weeks and I just had a great feeling on the greens and I wasn't really aiming but just reacting to the line of the putt", said Knox.
"It's been an eye-opener to see how much goes into running a golf tournament and it's been great for me, especially for the future", McIlroy added.
"I hit the shots I wanted to down the stretch, felt comfortable out there and it was close".
"I thought my chances had slipped on 17 to be honest, failing to make birdie", Knox said.
Erik van Rooyen led by four overnight but fell away with a final-round 74. Andy Sullivan and Zander Lombard joined Fox in claiming an Open qualifying spot after finishing in a tie for sixth.
Somehow, he sunk it again, roaring with delight, sending the crowd into raptures, and leaving Fox with a 12-footer to stay alive. "I heard Russ holed a big one on 18 to get in the playoff and he obviously holed a massive one in the playoff as well".
Fox birdied the 12th and put his third to three feet on the par five 13th to lead by two but he bogeyed the next, with Knox joining him at the top after a tap-in at the 15th. However, after taking just 27 putts on the final day, he's confident he's close to hitting his top form for The Open.