Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rock cards record 60 for Irish Open lead

Rock cards record 60 for Irish Open lead

Shane Lowry said: "I think this has probably been the best Irish Open I've played, as regards the atmosphere, the crowds". "I managed to pull it back and then just missed it a couple of times on the wrong side at the start of the back nine and made a few bogeys".

Pre-tournament favourite Jon Rahm also got among the low scoring today with a 64 that moved him to eight under in a five-way tie for ninth, while Waterford's Robin Dawson, a housemate of Sharvin's this week and often on the Challenge Tour, shot the lowest round of his short professional career, his bogey-free six-under 64 moving him to seven under in a tie for 13th, six shots off Rock's lead.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and England's Andy Sullivan were two strokes back on 16 under. I knew I was going to go for it... I love the people and feel like I'm at home every time I come. He will leave with a new course record at Lahinch after Saturday's round of 60, but he finishes just outside the top three, alongside compatriot Eddie Pepperell and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello at -13.

Rock, Wiesberger and Sharvin now occupy the positions of the first three golfers not already exempt for the major but the Ardglass man will need another good round tomorrow to secure his spot in the first Open to be played in Northern Ireland since Portrush staged it in 1951.

"I think Seve (Ballesteros) is the only Spanish player to have won this event twice so it's very special to add my name to the trophy again".

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Campillo and Waring both signed for rounds of 66 to sit a shot ahead of Gavin Green, Martin Kaymer, Zander Lombard, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Edoardo Molinari.

"I didn't play much differently to what I have done in the first three days".

"I'm going to have a lot of good memories from The Irish Open in Portrush, because we stayed in Portrush when we played Portstewart".

"My target was 15 under and I never thought I'd get to 16 under without a birdie on the last, but I'm definitely thrilled with the back nine".

"I did it myself", he said, pointing to the Irish tricolour embroidered into the tour bag.

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