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Rory McIlroy notices improvements in his game ahead of The Open

Rory McIlroy notices improvements in his game ahead of The Open

Russell Knox shot a 66 in Round 4 at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin on Sunday, and came from six down to win in a playoff over Australian Ryan Fox.

After moving day, South African Erik Van Rooyen was in control with a four shot lead heading into the final round.

However, after a superb approach at 13 saw him stuff it within three feet for birdie, he found the bunker on the next hole, dropping a shot as Knox knocked one close to tie him atop the leaderboard once more.

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. Sometimes when I get too square with my feet, my upper body can get a little bit left and every putt I was missing was to the left.

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

Ryan Fox of New Zealand reacts to a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

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He made ammends for his second placed finish at last years event. Talking of which, the consolation prize this week is that his second place means he's punched his ticket to the Open Championship at Carnoustie a week on Thursday. Andy Sullivan and Zander Lombard joined Fox in claiming an Open qualifying spot after finishing in a tie for sixth. He played some magnificent golf but his putter was stone cold and he will head to Carnoustie desperately hoping to rediscover his touch on the greens.

Fox once again was the closer of the two, but 40 feet seemed to be Knox's distance as he drained his for birdie, and Fox's putt horse-shoed around the hole.

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.

"That's why you play golf, to hole a putt like that on the last hole". He couldn't get the required eagle and finished on -12. "I have to qualify by right", Knox said. "It was just one of those days that I felt great over the ball, and everything was going in".

"He also sent me a couple of videos of my body language after all the missed putts this week", laughed the four-time major victor.


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