The event's first staging in Co Donegal failed to produce an Irish challenge, but it got a finish, and a victor, worthy of the magnificent setting when the 33-year-old Scot proved to be the man with the X factor as he clinched a career-changing play-off win over New Zealander Ryan Fox.
The duo were locked together on 14 under after 72 holes, with the fourth Rolex Series event of the season producing unforgettable drama at Ballyliffin Golf Club. The way I managed to do it, holing those two long putts, it was just my time.
As if he required any more motivation going into the Scottish Open, which tees off at Gullane at Thursday, and at next week's Open Championship at Carnoustie, then there it is, wrapped up in blue and gold.
It is the first time Knox has been in the world's top-50 since August 2017 having dropped as low at 137th in May this year.
"I hit two great putts on the 18th - one grazed the edge and one came back at me", he said.
"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". Also sharing sixth was Danny Willett (72).
In the end, it wasn't to be, after a final round where Fox was in the driver's seat on two occasions.
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Earlier, overnight leader Erik van Rooyen - who started the day with a four stroke lead - conspired to post a two over 74 and fall out of contention.
World number five Rahm looked out of contention following a triple bogey at the second but an eagle at the sixth undid some of the damage and his four closing birdies included a tap-in at the 18th after his wedge approach hit the pin. I've done it before in the USA on the last hole, 12 feet. But he hit a final-round 66 and Fox a 68 to reach 14 under par, one ahead of Spain's Jorge Campillo.
Ryan Fox has fallen agonisingly short of his maiden European Tour title. Brandt Snedeker and Jason Kokrak tied for third at 13 under.
"So it was a good little reminder that attitude is very important out there on the greens and it seemed to help me a lot". I'll cross that bridge next week, but obviously over the moon right now, and can't wait for everything.
"I can't tell what it is". What is the difference, the fine line between trying too hard and letting it happen?
"I thought my chances had slipped on 17 to be honest, failing to make birdie", Knox said. "Some of these pins you couldn't get to".
Fox's putt dramatically lipped out for his birdie to force a second playoff hole and gave Knox the win. His huge fist-pump said it all.