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31st May 2015

Søren Kjeldsen comes through play-off to claim 2015 Irish Open in wet and windy Down

The bloody drama

Darragh Murphy

Søren Kjeldsen didn’t make it easy for himself.

He took a two-shot lead into the final day at Royal County Down but parred the 18th which forced a three-way play-off with Bernd Wiesberger & Eddie Pepperell.

But the Dane ensured his first European tour title since 2009 on the first play-off hole after a putt curled around the lip of the hole before dropping, sealing victory for the 40-year-old.

Kjeldsen was something of a surprise winner, as wide as 350/1 with some bookmakers, but he battled both the odds and the testing conditions to take his fourth European tour title.

2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day 4, Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down 31/5/2015  Soren Kjeldsen Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Matt Mackey

“It’s very hard [to sum up how I feel],” Kjeldsen told Sky Sports after his win. “My game has not been in good shape and turning 40 you start to wonder if that’s it – but now I’m standing here with this [trophy].

“I’ve never been as nervous as today – the other tournaments I won I didn’t feel like that. I didn’t look at the leaderboard until I started dropping shots and it was nice to see I wasn’t the only one struggling.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s like I’m dreaming – but I don’t want anyone to wake me up.”

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