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Sunday, 31 May 2015
Soren Kjeldsen  (Getty Images)
Soren Kjeldsen (Getty Images)

SUNDAY MAY 31, 2015 – DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN HOSTED BY THE RORY FOUNDATION

* His fourth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 493rd European Tour event.

* Moves to 586,444 points in The Race to Dubai.

* Move to 105th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 303rd.

* His first European Tour victory since the 2009 Open de Andalucía de Golf – a gap of six years and 63 days. This represents the biggest gap between victories of his European Tour career.

* Played in 174 European Tour events between victories.

* This victory beats his previous best finishes since his 2009 victory of tied second in the 2010 Andalucía Valderrama Masters, the 2011 Volvo China Open and the 2012 Reale Seguros Open de España.

* This victory beats his previous best 2015 European Tour performance of tied ninth in the Open de España.

* This victory comes in his 14th appearance in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation.

* This victory beats his previous best performance in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation of tied sixth at Fota Island in 2002.

* Becomes the third Dane to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation, following Soren Hansen (2002) and Thomas Bjørn (2006). Also the first time three different Danish players have won the same European Tour event.

* Lead going into the final round by two shots. The 13th time this season the 54 hole leader has gone onto win and ninth stroke play winner in a row, dating back to George Coetzee at the Tshwane Open.

OTHER FACTS

* Maintains his 100% record of winning all his four European Tour titles when leading going into the final round.

* Becomes the 31st Danish win in European Tour history.

* Becomes the second most prolific Danish winner in European Tour history, with four wins.

* Becomes the first Danish winner on The European Tour since Thorbjørn Olesen (2014 ISPS HANDA Perth International).

* Extends Denmark’s run of consecutive winning years on The European Tour to 11, dating back to the 2005 season.

* His final round of 76 was the highest final round score by a winner in the event’s history, beating the 75 by Sir Nick Faldo in 1992.

* His final round of 76 is the highest final round by a winner on The European Tour since Alex Noren shot 77 in the 2011 Nordea Masters.

* His first European Tour win via a play-off, in the 12th play-off in the event’s history.

* His winning total of 282 was the highest winning score in the event since Padraig Harrington won in 2007 with 283.

* Aged 40 years and 14 days becomes the oldest winner on The European Tour this season and first player 40 and over to win. (The previous oldest was Trevor Fisher Jnr, who was 35 when he won the Africa Open).

* Becomes the first player aged over 40 to win on The European Tour since Scott Hend, who was 41 when he won the second edition of the Hong Kong Open of the 2014 season, played last October.

* Becomes the oldest winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation since Sam Torrance in 1995, who was 41 years and 319 days.

* Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of 2017.

* Gains a place in The 144th Open Championship in July, for being one of the leading three players within the top ten not otherwise exempt.

* Gains a place in the 2015 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.

* His fifth win as a professional.

* Becomes the seventh European Tour victory on the 2015 European Tour by a former Challenge Tour player. They are: Branden Grace (Alfred Dunhill Championship and Commercial Bank Qatar Masters), Gary Stal (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship), Richie Ramsay (Trophée Hassan II), James Morrison (Open de España), Byeong-Hun An (BMW PGA Championship) and Søren Kjeldsen (Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation).

* Becomes the 361st European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KJELDSEN, SørenDEN18-2
T2PEPPERELL, EddieENG18-2
T2WIESBERGER, BerndAUT18-2
T4HATTON, TyrrellENG18-1
T4CABRERA-BELLO, RafaESP18-1
T6WILLETT, DannyENG18Par

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