After rallying to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in a playoff, Russell Knox is back inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in almost a year.
It was a wonderful conclusion to a tournament that was hugely successful.
Knox, whose only previous European Tour win came at the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2015, drained a putt from around 40 feet on the 72nd hole to complete a round of 66 and join Fox at 14 under.
The New Zealander had that putt for the title but missed on the high side and the pair were left to go back up the last.
However, a second monstrous putt from Knox put the pressure back on Fox to hole out to get it to a second playoff hole.
Knox started the day six shots off the lead and nailed the biggest comeback in tournament history to go one better than his second place in this event in 2016. I'm so happy. I said to my caddie (on the play-off hole) we've already made this putt, it can't be too hard.
The Inverness man punched the air with delight after becoming the first Scot since Colin Montgomerie in 2001 to win the event, but it was hard not to feel for Fox. The way I managed to do it, holing those two long putts, it was just my time.
"I hit two great putts on the 18th - one grazed the edge and one came back at me", he said.
He seemed to have no chance of making this year's team when he arrived at the French Open played over the Ryder Cup course the week before last. "Had one putt been an inch either way I'd still be out there now or even with the trophy in my hand but well done to Russ, he played some great golf today".
"But I was able to hit a good shot and get on the green, which I was thrilled with".
Spaniard Jorge Campillo finished one shot out of the play-off after a closing 65, one shot clear of countryman and defending champion Jon Rahm and overnight leader Erik van Rooyen. Andy Sullivan and Zander Lombard took the other two places after finishing tied-sixth.
"I feel like I've made some improvements over the last couple of days on that and at least I know I'm trending in the right direction heading into the Open Championship".
McIlroy struggled with his putting during the first two rounds but was pleased to see his fortunes improve of the greens on his way to a tied-28th finish.