Søren Kjeldsen is the Irish Open Champion, which was hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
Søren won the Irish Open with a birdie on the first a play-off hole, against Bernd Wiesberger and Eddie Pepperell. In the tough cold and windy conditions only four players shot under par rounds today , and of the three leaders only Eddie was under par.
Søren carded a +5 over par round which left him with a -2 under par total, to equal the scores of Eddie and Bernd.
In the treacherous conditions Søren dropped four strokes on the opening nine, and his nervous winning putt in the play-off did a 360 round the cup before falling;
“The last breath I took was on about the 14th.”
“I have never been as nervous as this in the other tournaments I have won.”
“I had decided not to look at leaderboards but once I started dropping shots I started looking because it gave me a little pleasure that I wasn’t the only one struggling because it was such a brutal day.”
“I was leaking shots left, right and center but made a great up and down on 15 and the three-wood second shot in the play-off was pretty special.”
Eddie produced a bogey free -2 under par 69 round today, to get himself into the play-off on that score. Second place also gets him into the 144th, The Open Championship, at St Andrews;
“It’s great. It didn’t cross my mind until I walked off the 18th and my caddie told me.”
“That’s a real bonus, and I know my dad and a few friends had already planned to go up there regardless. So I’ll be looking forward to it already.”
“I had a good weekend, good day today and put myself into a position where I had a chance to win.”
“On the whole I’m very pleased I think.”
Bernd thought he had also reached in the par five 18th in two, in the play-off;
“I thought I hit a really good three iron, it was right online.”
“I don’t know how it came up that short. It was like 15-20 yards short from what I expected from that lie.”
“Just two bad chips on 18 that kind of cost me in the end to go to another extra hole.”
“But all in all, especially after last week, the way I played there, I have to be very proud and I’m quite happy with second place, and especially going into my favourite event in a couple weeks, I hope I can go one better.”
Joining the top three in The Open will be Tyrell Hatton, who edged out Rafa Cabrera-Bello for a place after they finished in a tie for fourth place on -1 under par.