Meronk birdied the fifteenth and sixteenth after which holed from 25 ft at the par-five seventeenth for an eagle as he carded a last 66 to complete 20 below par at Mount Juliet, 3 pictures transparent of New Zealand’s Ryan Fox.
South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence completed 3rd on 16 below, with Scotland’s David Regulation, American John Catlin and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti sharing fourth on 15 below to say the 3 puts on be offering within the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship at St Andrews.
“It’s this type of reduction, to be fair,” admitted Meronk, who had recorded 3 top-three finishes in his final six begins.
“I’ve been coming rather shut a few occasions this yr and to in spite of everything open the door is only a dream come true. That’s why we observe each day and I’m tremendous glad.”
Requested about being a task style to a technology of Polish avid gamers, Meronk added on Sky Sports activities: “I like it, I like it.
“I’m now not preventing, I’m gonna stay going ahead and it’s simply every other step for me. I’m tremendous excited (to win) right here in Eire, this type of nice historical past. I will’t describe it.
“I used to be imagining this image the previous day, what it would seem like and it appeared precisely how I imagined it and it was once an out of this world feeling. To hit this type of excellent shot at the final hollow, I’m tremendous pleased with myself and my caddie.”
Fox had previous set the clubhouse goal after a last 64, the in-form Kiwi following 4 birdies at the again 9 with an eagle at the seventeenth to in short experience a two-shot lead, handiest to bogey the final after firing his way over the fairway.
“The shot on 18 was once just about the one dangerous shot I hit nowadays,” Fox mentioned. “Took place to be in between golf equipment, went for a draw and pulled it just a little bit.
“It’s been a peculiar week actually; shot 64 within the first spherical, didn’t leave out a shot, after which the similar nowadays with just a little little bit of scrappiness within the center.
“I were given off to just a little little bit of a sluggish get started nowadays, made a few great birdies on 4 and 5 after which were given sizzling with the putter at the again 9.”
Talking about securing his position within the Open, Regulation mentioned: “Improbable. It’s a dream come true. I’ve by no means performed a significant sooner than. To have my first one at St Andrews can be somewhat wonderful.
“I feel my ma and pa if truth be told have a vacation booked that week. Whether or not that will get cancelled or they cross or what (I don’t know), however it's going to be a dream come true to play, particularly on the house of golfing.”
Former Open champion Shane Lowry, who birdied the final 4 holes on Friday to make the minimize with a shot to spare, carded weekend rounds of 68 and 67 to complete in a tie for 9th.
3-time primary winner and newly-crowned US Senior Open champion Padraig Harrington started his ultimate spherical with 5 directly birdies and went to the flip in 30, however took seven at the tenth and sooner or later signed for a 69 to complete joint thirtieth.