Published: 08/07/2018 17:34 - Updated: 08/07/2018 17:50

Inverness golfer Knox hits golden form to win Irish Open

 

Russell Knox is expected to soar into the top 50 in the world rankings
Russell Knox is expected to soar into the top 50 in the world rankings

 

INVERNESS golfer Russell Knox claimed victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after a sudden death play-off.

The former Culloden Academy pupil forced an extra hole at the 18th when he nailed a 40 foot putt to draw level with New Zealander Ryan Fox on 14 under par.

He repeated the feat from almost exactly the same spot in the play-off while Fox conceded defeat after missing a putt from close range.

Knox's victory at Ballyliffin in Dongeal was his first ever tournament win in Europe and followed up from finishing runner-up at the French Open the previous weekend.

His victory is expected to propel the world number 87 into the top 50 in the world rankings

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