European Tour

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

Round 3

Van Rooyen takes control of Irish Open

July 07, 2018

A stunning front nine of six under par 29 saw South African Erik Van Rooyen take control of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, the big South African establishing a four-shot lead heading into the final round of the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s 2018 Race to Dubai.

Van Rooyen takes control of Irish Open, © Getty Images

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Van Rooyen threatened to run away with the title during the first half of his third round, carding six birdies in an imperious display over the beautiful links of Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal.

“I wasn't very much aware of my score or the situation on the front nine to be honest. You sometimes get in a groove as a golfer where things just happen and you hit great shots and great putts and that's what happened. It wasn't different on the back nine. It's just different holes, different conditions, different everything. I still played great. Wish I could birdie the two par 5s but I didn't. Looking back, all in all, I think it was a good day. There's 18 holes left to navigate and that's going to be my job tomorrow. Obviously I would love to get a win. But you know, that's 24 hours from now so we will see what happens.”

He followed that brilliant start with nine straight pars on the back nine to allow New Zealander Ryan Fox, Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, Englishman Danny Willett and Scotland’s Russell Knox retain some hope of catching him and dethroning the reigning champion Jon Rahm.

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.

“The weather was a little bit different to what we've kind of had all week and a couple of poor swings early on," said Willett. "But then yeah, I dug in nicely, which was been nice. Turned it around quickly to have a good back nine. A couple of the long-range putts were obviously bonuses. It was nice to see a couple of those go in. Just keep the momentum going, especially when you look at the leaderboard and obviously after a few holes, we were a hell of a long way back. There's still a lot to play for. When you've got such a big lead, it's a tricky place to be. So yeah, just have to wait and see.”

Knox carded 68 to lie one stroke behind Willett and one clear of Englishman Lee Westwood and the French duo of Raphaël Jacquelin and Matthieu Pavon.

But the third round belonged to one man and one man only, with Van Rooyen now set to take that four shot lead into final round as the 28 year old chases his maiden European Tour victory in just his 34th appearance.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-14
71
65
66
202
T2
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-10
69
68
69
206
T2
Ryan Fox
NZL
-10
67
69
70
206
4
Danny Willett
ENG
-9
68
70
69
207
5
Russell Knox
SCO
-8
71
69
68
208
T6
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
68
71
70
209
T6
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-7
68
68
73
209
T6
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-7
71
70
68
209
T9
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
73
72
65
210
T9
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
74
69
67
210
T9
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-6
70
71
69
210
T9
Peter Uihlein
USA
-6
70
70
70
210
T9
Zander Lombard
RSA
-6
70
68
72
210
T14
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
69
74
68
211
T14
George Coetzee
RSA
-5
71
71
69
211
T14
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
72
69
70
211
17
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
69
69
74
212
T18
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-3
68
76
69
213
T18
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
69
73
71
213
T18
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
72
68
73
213
T18
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
71
70
72
213
T18
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-3
70
72
71
213
T18
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
74
68
71
213
T18
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
69
72
72
213
T25
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
68
73
73
214
T25
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-2
72
72
70
214
T25
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
71
71
72
214
T25
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
72
69
73
214
T25
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
72
70
72
214
T25
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
75
68
71
214
T25
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
68
77
69
214
T25
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
73
70
71
214
T33
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
72
71
72
215
T33
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
72
73
70
215
T33
Brandon Stone
RSA
-1
74
70
71
215
T33
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
70
71
74
215
T33
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
76
69
70
215
T33
David Horsey
ENG
-1
74
69
72
215
T33
Julian Suri
USA
-1
76
67
72
215
T33
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
70
73
72
215
T41
Adam Bland
AUS
Par
76
69
71
216
T41
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
73
72
71
216
T41
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
74
70
72
216
T41
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
70
74
72
216
T41
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
72
71
73
216
T41
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
71
73
72
216
T41
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
72
70
74
216
T41
Simon Thornton
IRL
Par
72
70
74
216
T41
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
70
73
73
216
T41
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
71
73
72
216
T51
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
69
74
74
217
T51
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
1
72
71
74
217
T51
Graeme McDowell
NIR
1
71
73
73
217
T51
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
73
71
73
217
T51
James Morrison
ENG
1
73
70
74
217
T51
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
73
72
72
217
T51
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
75
67
75
217
T51
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
69
74
74
217
T59
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
74
71
73
218
T59
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
70
74
74
218
T59
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
73
71
74
218
T59
Thomas Pieters
BEL
2
73
72
73
218
T63
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
74
71
74
219
T63
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
69
74
76
219
T63
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
76
69
74
219
T63
Paul Waring
ENG
3
71
71
77
219
T63
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
73
71
75
219
T63
Romain Wattel
FRA
3
72
72
75
219
T63
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
70
73
76
219
T70
Bradley Dredge
WAL
4
72
73
75
220
T70
Daniel Brooks
ENG
4
74
71
75
220
T70
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
71
73
76
220
T70
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
72
71
77
220
T70
Matteo Manassero
ITA
4
72
72
76
220
75
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
69
74
78
221
76
Andres Romero
ARG
7
70
75
78
223
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
75
71
-
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
72
74
-
146
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
76
70
-
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
76
70
-
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
71
75
-
146
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
2
75
71
-
146
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
74
72
-
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
68
78
-
146
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
72
74
-
146
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
2
74
72
-
146
CUT
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
2
72
74
-
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
74
72
-
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
74
73
-
147
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
72
75
-
147
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
77
70
-
147
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
3
77
70
-
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
72
75
-
147
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
71
76
-
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
72
-
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
80
67
-
147
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
76
71
-
147
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
3
74
73
-
147
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
70
77
-
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
3
78
69
-
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
75
73
-
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
74
74
-
148
CUT
Colm Moriarty
IRL
4
73
75
-
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
73
75
-
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
73
75
-
148
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
75
73
-
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
73
75
-
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
74
74
-
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
75
74
-
149
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
5
79
70
-
149
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
5
78
71
-
149
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
77
72
-
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
5
72
77
-
149
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
73
76
-
149
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
76
73
-
149
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
5
73
76
-
149
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
5
75
74
-
149
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
77
72
-
149
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
5
75
74
-
149
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
5
74
75
-
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
80
70
-
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
73
77
-
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
72
78
-
150
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
6
73
77
-
150
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
6
77
73
-
150
CUT
Cian McNamara
IRL
7
76
75
-
151
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
75
76
-
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
80
72
-
152
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
8
75
77
-
152
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
75
77
-
152
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
8
77
75
-
152
CUT
Neil O'Briain
IRL
8
78
74
-
152
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
80
73
-
153
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
9
76
77
-
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
10
75
79
-
154
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
11
75
80
-
155
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
11
79
76
-
155
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
11
78
77
-
155
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
77
78
-
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
12
78
78
-
156
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
12
78
78
-
156
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
14
82
76
-
158
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
15
78
81
-
159
DSQ
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
73
-
-
73
DSQ
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
71
-
-
71
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
-
-
-
0
RET
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
80
-
-
80
RET
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
76
-
-
76
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-14
202
T2
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-10
206
T2
Ryan Fox
NZL
-10
206
4
Danny Willett
ENG
-9
207
5
Russell Knox
SCO
-8
208
T6
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
209
T6
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-7
209
T6
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-7
209
T9
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
210
T9
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
210
T9
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-6
210
T9
Peter Uihlein
USA
-6
210
T9
Zander Lombard
RSA
-6
210
T14
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
211
T14
George Coetzee
RSA
-5
211
T14
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
211
17
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
212
T18
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-3
213
T18
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
213
T18
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
213
T18
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
213
T18
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-3
213
T18
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
213
T18
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
213
T25
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
214
T25
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-2
214
T25
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
214
T25
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
214
T25
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
214
T25
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
214
T25
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
214
T25
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
214
T33
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
215
T33
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
215
T33
Brandon Stone
RSA
-1
215
T33
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
215
T33
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
215
T33
David Horsey
ENG
-1
215
T33
Julian Suri
USA
-1
215
T33
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
215
T41
Adam Bland
AUS
Par
216
T41
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
216
T41
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
216
T41
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
216
T41
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
216
T41
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
216
T41
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
216
T41
Simon Thornton
IRL
Par
216
T41
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
216
T41
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
216
T51
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
217
T51
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
1
217
T51
Graeme McDowell
NIR
1
217
T51
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
217
T51
James Morrison
ENG
1
217
T51
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
217
T51
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
217
T51
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
217
T59
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
218
T59
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
218
T59
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
218
T59
Thomas Pieters
BEL
2
218
T63
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
219
T63
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
219
T63
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
219
T63
Paul Waring
ENG
3
219
T63
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
219
T63
Romain Wattel
FRA
3
219
T63
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
219
T70
Bradley Dredge
WAL
4
220
T70
Daniel Brooks
ENG
4
220
T70
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
220
T70
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
220
T70
Matteo Manassero
ITA
4
220
75
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
221
76
Andres Romero
ARG
7
223
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
146
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
146
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
2
146
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
146
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
146
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
2
146
CUT
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
2
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
147
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
3
147
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
3
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
147
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
147
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
3
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
147
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
147
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
3
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
147
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
3
147
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
3
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
148
CUT
Colm Moriarty
IRL
4
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
148
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
149
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
5
149
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
5
149
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
5
149
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
149
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
149
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
5
149
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
5
149
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
149
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
5
149
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
5
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
150
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
6
150
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
6
150
CUT
Cian McNamara
IRL
7
151
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
152
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
8
152
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
152
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
8
152
CUT
Neil O'Briain
IRL
8
152
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
153
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
9
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
10
154
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
11
155
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
11
155
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
11
155
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
12
156
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
12
156
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
14
158
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
15
159
DSQ
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
73
DSQ
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
71
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
0
RET
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
80
RET
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
76