Adrian Meronk produced a brilliant closing stretch of holes to seal a three-shot victory at the Irish Open on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who became the first Polish winner on the DP World Tour, took a one-shot lead into the final round and carded a six-under-par 66 to reach 20-under for the tournament and beat New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, who had piled the pressure on with a 64.
The title continued a fantastic year for Meronk, after six previous top-10 finishes including three third-placed efforts.
“It’s such a relief, to be honest,” the world No 110 told Sky Sports. “I’ve been coming quite close a couple of times this year and to finally open the door is just a dream come true. That’s why we practise every day and I’m super happy …
“I’m not stopping, I’m gonna keep going forward and it’s just another step for me. I’m super excited to win here in Ireland, such a great history. I can’t describe it.”
Meronk found himself one shot behind with four holes to play after Fox’s sparkling round, which would have been even better if not for a bogey on the 18th hole.
But the Pole rose to the occasion, making birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, before effectively wrapping up the win by draining a long eagle putt from off the green on the par-five 17th.
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South African Thriston Lawrence finished alone in third place, four strokes off the pace.
Former champion and home favourite Shane Lowry, who only narrowly avoided missing the cut, finished in a tie for ninth on 12-under after a closing 67.
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