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Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark surrenders 2-shot lead, wins Irish Open in 3-way playoff

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NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland — Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark won the Irish Open after a three-way playoff Sunday after his short winning putt on the first extra hole nearly lipped out before dropping.

PHOTO: Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, left, plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, left, plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Kjeldsen entered the final round with a two-stroke lead, but only managed a 5-over 76 and finished in a tie with Eddie Pepperell of England and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria. All had a 2-under total of 282 on the wind-swept, rain-battered Royal County Down, where just five of the 156 competitors finished the tournament under par.

The 40-year-old Kjeldsen took command of the playoff with a precision chip onto the narrow sloping green of the par-5, 525-yard 18th hole. Wiesberger's second shot came up short, while Pepperell twice found the rough to drop from contention.

Kjeldsen's putt from 3 feet circled the rim before dropping in.

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