Long overdue win for Kjeldsen
It had been a while since Soren Kjeldsen tasted victory at a European Tour event; six years at that. And after the Dane birdied the first play-off hole to defeat Eddie Pepperell and Bernd Wiesberger, admitted the win was a huge relief
Kjeldsen, who turned 40 two weeks ago, said: “Three weeks ago I was 112th in the Order of Merit and my game was not in good shape.
“With turning 40 you wonder was that it? Now I am standing here and it's pretty remarkable really.”
The win has lifted him up from No.303 to No.105 in the world rankings, and with a 76 on Sunday, it was the highest final round score by a winner on the European Tour since Phil Mickelson at the HSBC Champions way back in 2008.
Ramsay tails off
Scot Richie Ramsay was superbly placed heading into the final day at Royal County Down, three shots behind leader Kjeldsen, but struggled to a six-over-par 77 to finish two-over for the tournament and in a tie for tenth.
Afterwards, Ramsay tweeted: “Not at my best today, no putts and lacked belief. Great event, thanks @McIlroyRory @roryfoundation & all the Irish support immense.”
Despite a disappointing end to the Irish Open, Ramsay recorded his fourth top 15 finish in five events since winning the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco in March.
Brutal conditions for Irish Open
Only four players – Eddie Pepperell, Danny Willett, Thongchai Jaidee and Rikard Karlberg – were below par for their final rounds at Royal County Down and only five players were below par for the tournament, emphasising clearly how tough playing conditions were.
And as well as the snood-wearing players in the field, the supporters – of which 107,000 came through the doors throughout the event – also had to brave the elements with this our favourite picture below.
Steven Bowditch shot a tournament record score of 259 to win the AT&T Byron Nelson – at the same venue he got married at three-and-a-half years ago!
The 31-year-old saw off the early advances of big names Jimmy Walker and Dustin Johnson to win by four shots, with this impressive birdie at the 17th sealing an impressive wire-to-wire win.
Like father, like son
Take a look at Caleb Watson, son of Bubba, teeing it up with – you guessed it, a pink driver – and showing the world of Twitter his first trick shot.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) May 29, 2015