Dubai Duty Free Irish Open R3

Robert Rock's Lahinch

July 04-07
Lahinch GC, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Republic of Ireland
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Robert Rock carded a breath-taking, record breaking 60 in front of capacity crowds at Lahinch Golf Club to take a one shot lead into the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Irish Open R3 - Robert Rock's Lahinch
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“I played rubbish so far this year, so just delighted to play better. It is a good opportunity, it’s an opportunity to get my season back on track, to try to qualify for The Open and maybe have a chance to win a tournament again, which would be lovely because it’s been a long while.

“Any time you’ve got a chance to win a tournament like the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open or the Scottish Open, it really means something, it gives me a little extra focus. It’s hard to say it makes you play great because you can’t force that but it’s a great tournament and the people are amazing. I think the quality of the golf course is just fun to play.”

The Englishman’s ten under par effort – a new course record – is the lowest round in the history of the event and also bettered his best ever European Tour round by three shots, and matches Brandon Stone’s record for the lowest round in the Rolex Series.


The 42-year-old birdied his final six holes, which included a 35-foot putt for eagle on the last for the second 59 in European Tour history. After missing by mere inches on the low side, Rock sits on top of the leaderboard at 13 under par, one clear of Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello and England’s Eddie Pepperell.

“I hit some good swings coming in, particularly with my short irons, hit some good drivers and really good short irons,” said Pepperell. “I felt pretty aggressive all day. I felt comfortable all day. It just wasn’t coming my way to begin with. Nothing really changed. Just golf, isn’t it, as we all know.

“I’m quite looking for tomorrow, and indeed beyond tomorrow. Body feels good, driving the ball well and no reason why I can’t go out there and shoot a low one.”

And in a remarkable twist of fate, Rock’s caddie Gary Tilston is the brother of Guy Tilston, Oliver Fisher’s caddie when he recorded the history making first 59 at last season’s Portugal Masters.

South African Zander Lombard was then at 11 under, with England’s Andy Sullivan and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger three shots off the lead.

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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Robert Rock
ENG
-13
67
70
60
197
T2
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-12
68
67
63
198
T2
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-12
65
67
66
198
4
Zander Lombard
RSA
-11
64
67
68
199
T5
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-10
69
66
65
200
T5
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-10
68
66
66
200
T7
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-9
65
70
66
201
T7
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-9
66
69
66
201
T9
Jon Rahm
ESP
-8
67
71
64
202
T9
Grant Forrest
SCO
-8
71
66
65
202
T9
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-8
66
69
67
202
T9
Paul Waring
ENG
-8
67
68
67
202
T9
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-8
69
64
69
202
T14
Robin Dawson
IRL
-7
68
71
64
203
T14
Gavin Green
MAS
-7
66
72
65
203
T14
George Coetzee
RSA
-7
70
67
66
203
T14
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-7
68
68
67
203
T14
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-7
65
69
69
203
T14
Brandon Stone
RSA
-7
67
67
69
203
T14
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-7
68
66
69
203
T14
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-7
65
69
69
203
T22
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
66
70
68
204
T22
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
67
71
204
T22
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
66
67
71
204
T25
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-5
67
71
67
205
T25
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-5
67
69
69
205
T25
Haotong Li
CHN
-5
68
68
69
205
T25
Russell Knox
SCO
-5
67
68
70
205
T29
Andres Romero
ARG
-4
68
70
68
206
T29
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
68
68
70
206
T29
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
67
69
70
206
T29
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-4
65
69
72
206
T33
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
70
68
69
207
T33
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
68
70
69
207
T33
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
70
68
69
207
T33
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
68
69
70
207
T33
Max Schmitt
GER
-3
70
68
69
207
T33
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
65
72
70
207
T33
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-3
67
68
72
207
T33
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
66
69
72
207
T41
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
69
70
69
208
T41
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-2
71
68
69
208
T41
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-2
67
72
69
208
T41
Ian Poulter
ENG
-2
66
73
69
208
T41
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
72
67
69
208
T41
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
66
72
70
208
T41
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
68
70
70
208
T41
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-2
71
67
70
208
T41
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-2
69
68
71
208
T50
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
72
67
70
209
T50
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
65
74
70
209
T50
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
71
68
70
209
T50
Sam Brazel
AUS
-1
68
71
70
209
T50
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
71
67
71
209
T50
Seamus Power
IRL
-1
70
66
73
209
T50
Matt Wallace
ENG
-1
68
68
73
209
T50
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
63
73
73
209
T58
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
67
72
72
211
T58
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
72
67
72
211
T58
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
70
69
72
211
T58
Victor Perez
FRA
1
70
68
73
211
T62
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
72
67
73
212
T62
Tom Lewis
ENG
2
68
68
76
212
T64
Liam Johnston
SCO
4
68
70
76
214
T64
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
67
70
77
214
66
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
70
68
77
215
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
70
70
140
CUT
David Howell
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Paul McBride
IRL
Par
70
70
140
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
1
71
70
141
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
68
141
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
1
69
72
141
CUT
David Law
SCO
1
68
73
141
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
1
72
69
141
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
68
73
141
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
1
73
68
141
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
1
69
72
141
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
1
71
70
141
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
72
69
141
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
69
72
141
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
68
73
141
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
72
69
141
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
72
69
141
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
71
71
142
CUT
Brian Casey
IRL
2
70
72
142
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
68
74
142
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
70
72
142
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
70
72
142
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
2
67
75
142
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
71
71
142
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
2
70
72
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
74
68
142
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
69
73
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
2
71
71
142
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
70
72
142
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
71
71
142
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
2
73
69
142
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
2
70
72
142
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Conor O’Rourke
IRL
3
71
72
143
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
3
69
74
143
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
72
71
143
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
69
74
143
CUT
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
3
68
75
143
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
72
71
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
72
71
143
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
3
73
70
143
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
4
72
72
144
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
4
72
72
144
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
73
71
144
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
68
76
144
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
5
75
70
145
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
5
74
71
145
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
73
72
145
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
5
73
72
145
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
5
73
72
145
CUT
Michael McGeady
IRL
5
71
74
145
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
5
71
74
145
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
5
69
76
145
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
70
75
145
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
6
73
73
146
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
6
70
76
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
6
72
74
146
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
6
68
78
146
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
6
71
75
146
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
76
70
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
71
75
146
CUT
Joost Luiten
NED
6
70
76
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
6
72
74
146
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
7
71
76
147
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
71
76
147
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
7
78
69
147
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
10
73
77
150
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
10
73
77
150
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
11
75
76
151
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
11
71
80
151
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
12
75
77
152
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
12
73
79
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
12
74
78
152