Two months after winning a joint DP World Tour and PGA Tour event in the United States, Vincent Norrman has another victory, defeating a strong field at the 2023 Irish Open.
Rory McIlroy entered the day looking for this second win in this event at The K Club, but things went south in a hurry for the 54-hole co-leader.
“I think I was a little lucky — it was a long wait but I am super happy,” said Norrman, who now has two wins in just 14 starts on the DP World Tour. “If you are winning, you are doing something good. It’s a world-class event and honestly, I can’t believe this happened.”
Norrman jumped up 20 spots on Sunday by shooting a bogey-free 65, finishing at a 14-under 274. That was one stroke better than Hurly Long’s -13. He was the co-leader with McIlroy but shot an even-par 72 to finish runner-up.
Norrman said his win at the Barbasol Championship in July gave him the confidence to make his comeback on Sunday.
“I learned so much that day, probably the most I’ve ever done in my career. It’s just golf at the end of the day, but obviously, I love playing golf, and I’m having the time of my life out there,” Norrman explained.
Another big story besides Norrman’s win was McIlroy, who sank four balls into the water over the course of his final round. His 2-over 74 moved him down to 16th in the final leaderboard.
A third big story, especially when it comes to the European Ryder Cup team, was the performance of Shane Lowry, who finished tied for third at -12. Lowry’s inclusion on the team was seen as a controversial decision by team captain Luke Donald, who chose not to include Adrian Meronk on the team, who has won three times over the past year. Lowry’s third-place result was his best since winning the BMW PGA Championship a year ago.
“All in all, it’s been a good week for me and a step in the right direction, and I’ll be back to defend my title at Wentworth next week, which is exciting as well,” Lowry said. “Like I said at the start of the week, I have an exciting month of golf ahead of me.”
Also tied for third were Grant Forrest, Ryan Fox, and Thriston Lawrence of South Africa. In a five-way tie for seventh were Shubhankar Sharma, Nin Woo Lee, Nick Bachem, Connor Syme, and Rikuya Hoshino.
Defending champion Meronk was under par for all four rounds, but he ended up at -8 in a tie for 23rd.
The BMW PGA Championship, one of the Rolex Series signature events for the DP World Tour, takes place next week at Wentworth Club in England. Lowry won the championship a year ago in a tournament that was shortened to three rounds following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to defending champion Lowry, the remaining 11 members of the European Ryder Cup team are all on the field.
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