WATCH: Rory McIlroy wins his first ever Irish Open with spectacular final flourish

World No 3 eagled the 18th on the way to victory

Rory McIlroy, Irish Open

Rory McIlroy with The Irish Open trophy ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Rory McIlroy has won his first ever Irish Open title.

The World No 3 triumphed by three shots at the K Club this afternoon to put an end to torrid results at the event in recent years.

A final round 69 was more than enough for him to triumph with a 12-under par score across the four days, with Scotland's Russell Knox and Wales' Bradley Dredge tied for second on 9-under.

 

Knox had briefly taken the lead midway through today's weather-affected round, but McIlroy was able to reclaim it in the final stretch and sealed victory in style with an eagle on the 18th, after a birdie two holes earlier on the 16th. 

 

 

 

 

 

McIlroy had bogeyed the 11th but Knox did the same at the 16th as momentum swung in the Northern Irishman's direction.

He becomes the first Irish winner since Shane Lowry in 2009.

Lowry finished his tournament on 1-under as the best of the other home challengers, with Kevin Phelan and Gavin Moynihan both 1-over par.

Darren Clarke finished 2-over par and Gary Hurley 8-over.

 

Graeme McDowell and Paul Dunne were both 8-over with Paul McGinley two shots further back.