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

  • Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen lines up a putt on the fourth 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 lines up a putt on the fourth 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello tees off 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)

    Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello tees off 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Germany's Maximilian Kieffer lines up a putt on the eighth 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)

    Germany's Maximilian Kieffer lines up a putt on the eighth 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)  (The Associated Press)

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.

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.