Knox eyes Open title after Irish glory

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

"I just remember standing over it and thought just don't aim, just hit the putt and see what happens and I flushed the putt". "I'm happy, I hit the shots I wanted to down the stretch, felt comfortable out there and it was close".

Rory McIlroy believes his game showed signs of progress during the weekend at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, giving him confidence ahead of The Open.

The second-place finish qualified the 31-year-old Kiwi to participate in the next major, the Open Championship at Carnoustie from July 19-22, and he also pocketed a career-best payday of €665,614 (NZ$1.14 million). I wasn't really aiming, I was just sort of reacting to the line.

Campillo may have managed the lowest score on Sunday, but the performance of the day surely came from Jon Rahm, who managed a six-under 66 - rounded off with four birdies in succession - despite registering a triple-bogey seven on the second.

While disappointed at not winning Fox still earns almost $1.5 million for finishing runner-up and will tee off in the third major of the year the Open at Carnoustie in two weeks time.

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

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With the win came a cheque for $998,425, and some very valuable Ryder Cup points.

"I drove it great, gave myself plenty of chances, and had one putt been one inch either way. My focus is on trying to qualify for the team", added Knox.

Somehow, he sunk it again, roaring with delight, sending the crowd into raptures, and leaving Fox with a 12-footer to stay alive.

Fox shot 68 to Knox's 66, with Jorge Campillo going round in 65 to finish one off the pace at 13 under. But I hit some great shots, and the putter was just hot.

Reigning champion, Jon Rahm, despite carding a 7 on his second hole, roared back and nearly reached the magic -13 mark, coming up just one short. His huge fist-pump said it all.

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