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Russell Knox: Guinness is the secret to my Irish Open success

By Gareth Hanna

Russell Knox is a fan of the Black Stuff - or so it would seem after the Scot secured Irish Open glory at Ballyliffin.

The world number 87 has now finished T2 (in 2016) and first in his last two visits to the Irish Open. And it might just all be down to Ireland's most famous export.

"Must be the Guinness I guess," he joked, when asked why he has done so well at the tournament.

"Obviously this is a massive tournament. I mean, The K Club and Ballyliffin, polar opposites, obviously. Both terrific venues. I don't know, I just get lucky. This is my week, this time of year, to play good golf, I guess."

Knox banged in two 40 foot putts on the 18th green at Ballyliffin to first of all secure his spot in a play-off and then break the heart of opponent Ryan Fox.

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Scotland's Russell Knox could rise as many as 40 places into the top 50 in the World Rankings.

And in the winners' press conference, understandably beaming, Knox said the first of those was the best shot he's ever hit with the flat-stick.

"Putting's difficult. Everyone who plays golf for a living or plays for fun knows how hard it is to get the ball into the hole from even three feet," he said.

"It's easier when you're in the moment like that. You've got the buzz and the adrenaline. When you don't have that you start thinking more about your technique or a spot on the green you're aiming at.

"When you're in the zone, you're just reacting. You're visualising where the ball's going to roll. I thought; 'Don't try and do anything. Just get over it and let it go. If it goes five feet by, who cares? Just enjoy the putt. Enjoy how you feel over it. Enjoy how the ball comes off the face.'

"I did that and I hit the purest putt of my life. It came off and I remember thinking 'ooh that felt good'. I look up and it's tracking and I was like 'this thing's going in'. I guess the rest is history.

"That's why you play golf, to hole a putt like that on the last hole. The adrenaline just comes out and I mean, it's the best feeling in the world to be honest."

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