STRAFFAN, Ireland – Vincent Norrman gave Sweden a second straight win on the DP World Tour when he shot a 7-under 65 to capture the Irish Open title on Sunday as Rory McIlroy faltered in the final round by hitting the water on three different holes.
A week after 23-year-old Ludvig Aberg made a fantastic finish to win the European Masters in Switzerland and help secure a place on Europe’s Ryder Cup team, the 25-year-old Norrman produced a similar late flourish at The K Club to claim his second win in two months – following the Barbasol Championship in mid-July – and underline the talent that emerges. from Sweden.
Play was delayed for about 90 minutes due to bad weather shortly after the leading groups started, with McIlroy at the time in a four-way share of the lead at 12 under par.
Rory McIlroy dropped four shots Sunday at the Irish Open as he closed in a disappointing 74.
His bid for a second title at his home event, after 2016, faltered when he found water on wedge shots from the middle of the fairway at Nos. 7 and 11. When McIlroy went into the water twice at No. 16 in shooting triple -bogey 8, Norrman had already set a goal – 14 under – that none of his remaining title contenders such as Hurly Long of Germany (72) and Ryan Fox of New Zealand (70) could match.
Norrman won by one stroke from Long to give himself two titles in just 14 appearances on the European Tour. He needs to more than halve his world ranking and potentially climb to No. 76.
Norrman’s bogey-free round caught fire as he made six birdies in eight holes from No. 7 that saw him power through the field before having to wait 90 minutes to discover if he had done enough.
“I think I was kind of lucky — it was a long wait, but I’m super happy,” said Norrman, who turned pro in 2021 after attending Georgia Southwestern before transferring to Florida State University.
“If you win, you’re doing something good. It’s a world-class event and, frankly, I can’t believe this happened.”
Shane Lowry (68) finished tied for third with Fox, Grant Forrest (70) and Thriston Lawrence (66) in a confidence-boosting performance ahead of the Ryder Cup, for which he was also captained despite poor recent form, and his defense of the BMW PGA Championship next week.
McIlroy closed with a 74 and was tied for 16th.