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11 July, 2018, 06:06 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Rory Mc Ilroy talking to the press during the pro-am event prior to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club Donegal Ireland

Rory McIlroy could only manage a par round and leads the Irish challenge on -1, some 13 shots adrift. "I struggled to get the ball to the hole the last few holes".

Last year's victor Jon Rahm produced some familiar brilliance in round four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin GC, ending a 6-under-par 34-32=66 with four closing birdies to finish at 12-under 276 for the week, good enough for T4 and two back from the play-off number set by Russell Knox and Ryan Fox.

"The more I can be just a little bit open with my lower body, I can see it a little bit better".

South African Van Rooyen will take a four-shot lead into the final day of the £5.3million event at Ballyliffin. You sometimes get in a groove, when things just happen and you hit great shots and great putts.

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On moving day, Van Rooyen recorded a 66 to go alongside the 65 he hit on Friday to take afour stroke lead at the top, finishing the day on -14.

Van Rooyen, who is seeking a first European Tour title, birdied on the first two holes before picking up four more shots on the front nine. I still played great.

Van Rooyen's closest pursuers are first round leader Ryan Fox of New Zealand - the son of All Black flyhalf great Grant Fox was joint fourth previous year - and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren, who has returned to form after missing several cuts since landing his maiden tour win in the Sicilian Open in May. "I just wish I could have birdied the two par fives".

Lagergren and Fox posted respective third round scores of 69 and 70 to move into a tie for second place on ten under, while 2016 Masters Champion Willett made five birdies on the back nine to post a 69 haul himself back into contention on nine under.

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