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Irish Open: Lucas Herbert holds one-shot advantage as Rory McIlroy’s slim victory hopes fade | Golf News

Lucas Herbert holds a one-shot lead over Johannes Veerman heading into the ultimate day of the Irish Open; Rory McIlroy struggled to a third-round 73 and Shane Lowry carded a two-over 74 – watch the ultimate spherical reside on Sunday from 1pm on Sky Sports Golf

By Ali Stafford

Last Updated: 03/07/21 5:45pm

Lucas Herbert is chasing a second European Tour victory

Lucas Herbert maintains a slim advantage heading into the ultimate spherical of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, as Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry each noticed their slim victory hopes ended.

The in a single day chief survived a back-nine stutter to card a two-under 70 at Mount Juliet Estate and get to fifteen below, maintaining him one forward of closest challenger Johannes Veerman.

Justin Harding produced an eagle-birdie end to card a round-of-the-day 65 and bounce inside three of the lead, whereas McIlroy and Lowry sit 11 and 12 photographs again respectively after disappointing third rounds.

Rory McIlroy is in the group tied-48th heading into the final day Rory McIlroy is in the group tied-48th heading into the final day

Rory McIlroy is within the group tied-Forty eighth heading into the ultimate day

Starting two forward, Herbert made a close-range birdie on the second and holed a 10-footer to save lots of par on the fourth, earlier than posting a two-putt birdie on the fifth and taking advantage of the par-five eighth.

The Australian received up and down from the sand to save lots of par on the ninth and rolled in a 15-footer on the par-five subsequent, briefly taking him three forward, just for him to overlook from eight ft and drop a shot on the par-three eleventh.

Herbert was unable to transform from eight ft on the twelfth however moved three clear when Veerman – taking part in three teams forward – dropped a shot on the par-three thirteenth, just for the result in slip again to 2 when Herbert bogeyed the 14th after discovering the greenside bunker off the tee.

Veerman transformed from six ft on the seventeenth to assist shut a five-under 67 and transfer inside one in all Herbert, who parred every of his ultimate 4 holes to take a one-shot lead into the ultimate day.

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A one-under 71 lifted England’s Dale Whitnell to tied-fourth alongside Francesco Laporta and Rikard Karlberg, whereas a final-hole double-bogey noticed Craig Forrest slip again into the group on 10 below with Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Andy Sullivan, Richie Ramsay and Jason Scrivener.

Thomas Pieters and Tommy Fleetwood are each six off the tempo after third-round 68s, as McIlroy slipped down the leaderboard with a one-over 73 and Lowry struggled to a two-over 74.

The three best-placed gamers – who aren’t already exempt for The 149th Open – will safe a spot within the subject for the ultimate males’s main of the 12 months at Royal St George’s, offering they didn’t characteristic in Final Qualifying on Tuesday.

Who will win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open? Which gamers will earn their qualification to The Open? Watch the ultimate spherical reside on Sunday from 1pm on Sky Sports Golf.

Source – SkySports