Vincent Norrman claimed a one-shot victory over Hurly Long at the Horizon Irish Open, securing his second DP World Tour title. Norrman overcame a six-stroke deficit during the final round, shooting a bogey-free 65 to finish at 14 under and set the clubhouse target. The Swedish golfer had to wait nearly 90 minutes as the chasing pack faltered down the stretch, ultimately finishing a shot ahead of Long. Shane Lowry tied for third place with Grant Forrest, Thriston Lawrence, and Ryan Fox. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy struggled during the final round, finding the hazard four times and ending the week tied for 16th place.
Norrman’s victory was a dramatic one, with a thrilling comeback on the final day. Long took a one-shot lead into the round but lost it with a three-putt bogey at the second hole. Play was suspended for over 90 minutes due to thunderstorms, and when it resumed, McIlroy briefly shared the lead with Long, Forrest, and Min Woo Lee. However, McIlroy’s chances faded as he found water and double-bogeyed the seventh hole. Norrman made his move with a string of birdies, eventually pulling even with the leaders at 13 under. Long, Fox, and Forrest all had their share of ups and downs, allowing Norrman to take a two-shot lead by the end of the round.
McIlroy’s final round was marred by water hazards, as he found the water twice and ended with a final-round 76. Norrman’s victory at the Irish Open is his second DP World Tour title, following his win at the Barbasol Championship earlier in the season. This victory also propels him into the world’s top 100 for the first time in his career. Norrman expressed his joy and gratitude for the win, noting the support of the fans and the significance of the event.
The DP World Tour now heads to England for the BMW PGA Championship, where all 12 of Europe’s Ryder Cup team are scheduled to compete. Shane Lowry returns as the defending champion, with extended coverage of the tournament available on Sky Sports. The Ryder Cup will also be broadcast exclusively on Sky Sports, with live coverage starting on September 29th.