Rory wins at home for the first time, collecting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.
Rory produced two stunning approach shots in the last three holes, that gave him a birdie-par-eagle finish and a -3 under 69, to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, in Ireland, hosted by the Rory Foundation. with a -12 under total;
“I don’t know if I can put it into words. I don’t really get emotional when I win but I was trying to hold back the tears there on the 18th green.”
“I was trying to stay as relaxed as possible.”
“Even when Russell birdied 14 and 15, which are two of the toughest holes on the course, I knew that my length would be an advantage over the last three holes.”
“I told myself, ‘I’m still in this, I still have chances’. I didn’t quite think I’d end up with my three on the 18th, but I thought I still had a chance so I stayed as patient as I possibly could.”
“But when there’s 30,000 people roaring you on, that’s quite hard. It was absolutely incredible.”
“Just looking up there and seeing all my friends and family and the support that I’ve had this week.”
“To win in front of them, I don’t get a chance to play in front my home fans very often so to play like that and to finish like that today, I’ll never forget it.”
“I’m excited. I kept saying I’m close and I felt that I needed a week like this to kick-start something and no better place than back here in Ireland to do it.”
“Hopefully this is the catapult into another great summer.”
Russel Knox looked for a while like he would steal the show by overtaking Rory with three holes to play. He finished tied in second place at -9 under par, after his last round -4 under 68;
“I played brilliant to be honest.
“I had loads of chances. Made some, missed some. I was very happy the way I played.”
“Obviously 16 was a huge turning point. But I mean, the shots that Rory hit in the end, he deserves to win.”
Bradley Dredge posted his best finish since winning the 2006 European Masters, with this second place tie, at -9 under par, he carded a last round -6 under par 66.