Rahm not giving up on Irish hopes
Jon Rahm says he still has a chance of winning the Irish Open despite slipping five shots off the lead on day three.
World number 11 Rahm made five birdies, an eagle and one bogey to sign for a six-under-par round of 64 to climb into a five-way share of ninth on -8, five shots adrift of leader Robert Rock, who carded a sensational 10-under-par 60.
Despite having work to do, the 24-year-old Spaniard, who won this event back in 2017 at Portstewart, is remaining optimistic of lifting the trophy for the second time come Sunday evening.
"It seems very similar to what happened last year," he told the European Tour's website. "Last year I had a really bad first round and then I played good on Friday to make the cut and shot-12 under on the weekend to almost make it to a play-off. It seems very similar.
"A good Saturday, hopefully a good round tomorrow to give myself a chance."
Rahm, who will be hoping to break his major duck at the Open later this month, is joined on -8 by compatriot Jorge Campillo, Scotland's Grant Forrest and the English duo of Oliver Wilson and Paul Waring.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.