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Vincent Norrman Claims Irish Open Title After Rory McIlroy Collapses

Vincent Norrman Claims Irish Open Title After Rory McIlroy Collapses

Vincent Norrman earned his second DP World Tour triumph by securing a one-shot victory at the Irish Open at the K Club.

The 25-year-old Swede stormed up the leaderboard after sitting six shots behind the lead hitting a 7 under 65, which included seven birdies, in a dramatic, weather-interrupted final round which saw world number two Rory McIlroy fade away from the leaders despite sharing the lead on 13 under.

However, the Northern Irishman found the water four times which meant he finished with a final-round 74 to end the tournament tied-16th on 9 under, five shots behind Norrman.

This is the first time McIlroy has finished outside of the top 10 in any tournament since the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

“I’m just as starstruck as some of those fans out here seeing those guys, and to be competing against them is so cool. To beat them is even cooler,” Norrman said after winning his second professional event following his triumph at the Barbasol Championship in July.

“It means everything. It was a long wait [for everyone to finish] but I’m super happy. I can’t believe this happened. I’m over the moon.

“I was starting off a little so-so and I made two birdies and got a rain delay, had a coffee and then went out and flushed it.”

Germany’s Hurly Long ended as Norrman’s closest challenger despite hitting consecutive bogeys on 13 and 14 while there was a tie for third between four players, Scotland’s Grant Forrest, New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

The next event on the DP World Tour is the BMW PGA Championship taking place between 14-17 September at Wentworth Club – West Course.