Kjeldsen Wins Irish Open in Playoff

Proving that you can wipe out an awful round with one great shot, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen won the Irish Open on Sunday in a playoff with a birdie on the first hole, defeating Bernd Wiesberger and Eddie Pepperell.

The recently turned 40 Kjeldsen had been in the lead since Friday, but stumbled his way to a 76 on Sunday to lose the lead entirely. Wiesberger, who was tied for the lead on Friday, also struggled with a chance to take the tournament by the horns, shooting a final-round 73.

That left Pepperell to charge up the lists with a bogey-free 69 to make it a three-man race at the end. Although he failed to secure the title Pepperell did lock up a spot in The Open Championship.

Kjeldsen’s final putt rattled around the cup before laying still, keeping him on edge for just a second longer than normal.

“With turning 40 (a fortnight ago) you wonder was that it? Now I am standing here and it’s pretty remarkable really,”  the Dane said.
The wind made conditions difficult for pretty much every player in the field on Sunday. Only two men – Pepperell and Danny Willett (68) scored less than 70 out of the top 20 finishers.

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