WITH the weight of a nation on his shoulders, Rory McIlroy secured his maiden Irish Open by producing a dramatic finale at the K Club.

Doubling as his first victory of the season, the Northern Irishman trailed Scotland’s Russell Knox by one shot with three holes to play but phenomenal second shots at the 16th and 18th to setup a birdie and eagle.

He shot a 69 to win by three and end on 12-under to clinch his first success in six months.

Knox shared second place with Welshman Bradley Dredge who fired a 66.