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Russell Knox celebrates holing the winning putt on the 18th hole

Russell Knox rolled in two awesome, near-identical putts on both the 72nd and first play-off hole to claim the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Fox failed to match the birdie, his putt agonisingly lipping out, and Knox put his hands to his face. "I hit the shots I wanted to down the stretch, I felt comfortable out there and it was close". I guess Ireland and Scotland feel a little bit like home as well.

"There's a lot of bunkers I can carry, and thankfully driver has been working all week".

"My record in the Open Championship's been pretty good the last few years - I don't think I've been outside the top five in three years - and I'll just go out and play my game". But well done to Russ.

Na, who is a real Marmite golfer (you either hate his slow play or you love the determination he demonstrates) birdied six of his first 10 holes to open up a big lead over Kraft on the Old White TPC in West Virginia.

"Tough to describe how unbelievable this feels", he said.

"All the practice, all the misses, all the bad moments are taken care of with putts like that", he said.

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"I'll just treat it like any other event", McIlroy said. "Making two of them from nearly the same distance is a bit of a bonus but it's unbelievable".

It's a victory that catapults him back into the world's Top 50, up to fifth in the Race to Dubai and eighth in the European Ryder Cup points list.

He's now picked up more than £1.2 million in eight days, boosting his hopes of making a return to France in September for the Ryder Cup.

"I thought my chances had slipped on 17 to be honest, failing to make birdie", Knox said.

"I'm just lucky to win one of these massive events, so thank you very much to Rolex".

The duo finished a stroke ahead of Spain's Jorge Campillo, who fired a course-record equalling 65 as defending champion Jon Rahm hit an eventful 66 to share fourth with overnight leader South African Erik van Rooyen.

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.

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