Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa romps ahead at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leading by four shots at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Ireland.
A flawless bogey free third round -6 under par 66 from Erik, carding six birdies in his front nine of 29 followed by nine pars on the back, saw him open up a four stroke lead at the top of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leaderboard at -14 under par.
Erik said it was great shots, great putting, and a firm mindset;
“The mindset was just keep going, I wasn’t very much aware of my score or the situation.”
“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 fives but I didn’t. Looking back, all in all, I think it was a good day.”
“I would love to get a win but that’s 24 hours from now. I’ve been in this position before, maybe not in a Rolex Series, but it’s golf.”
“Go hit the ball, hit on the green and make the putt. We’ll do that tomorrow.”
Tied in second place at -10 under are Ryan Fox, New Zealand, -2 under 70 today, and Joakim Lagergren, Sweden with his third round -3 under 69.
Ryan will not change his game plan, just hole some more putts;
“Don’t do anything different, I’ve taken the golf course on the last three days and it seemed to work.”
“It’s going to be very condition-dependent again but if we get a day like this, I’ll be doing what I did , hit driver everywhere and try to hit wedges in and see if I can hole some putts.”
Danny Willett, England, has fourth place on his own at -9 under par with a third round -3 under 69 and is hoping for good things tomorrow;
“We’re a few back, it’s nice to be in the last few groups and the Irish fans have been great as usual. Hopefully we can do something good tomorrow.”
“There’s still a lot to play for. When you’ve got such a big lead, it’s a tricky place to be, just have to wait and see.”