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Super Rock moves into Irish Open lead

6th July 2019, 16:50 by James Mason

Robert Rock carded a sensational 10-under-par 60 to open up a one-shot lead on day three of the Irish Open on Saturday.

World number 333 Rock, who has not won since the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, was inches away from becoming just the second player in European Tour history to sign for a round of 59.

The Englishman was nine-under-par for his round when he took to the 18th tee, having mixed 10 birdies with one bogey, and he had a chance of an eagle after reaching the par-five in two.

However, the Staffordshire-born star saw his effort slip just to the left of the cup and he had to settle for his 11th birdie of the day, which helped him climb into first position on -13.

It was a truly remarkable performance from Rock and he will be hoping to keep the momentum going on Sunday, with a host of players looking to track him down over the final 18 holes.

Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Englishman Eddie Pepperell are both just one shot off the pace on -12 after signing for rounds of 63 and 66 respectively, while South African Zander Lombard sits on -11.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and England's Andy Sullivan are in a share of fifth on -10, three strokes behind the leader.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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.

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