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Tanihara rises to fourth after third-round 66 at Irish Open

Paul Dunne makes his way onto the 16th green during Day 2 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship Paul Dunne makes his way onto the 16th green during Day 2 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship
Damon Campbell | 10 July, 2017, 00:51

"The world's top golfers will be here in the county including Rory McIlroy, who is no stranger to Ballyliffin and who has been a huge supporter of the club for many years".

After Ballesteros secured his place in the hearts of Irish fans it was only fitting that his great friend and Ryder Cup partner Jose Maria Olazabal should lift the trophy at Portmarnock in 1990.

The American picked up one further shot at the 14th, to reclaim a share of the lead after Rahm had charged ahead by birdieing the same hole for his fourth gain in succession. There were front nine birdies at 2 and 7, back nine red numbers at 10, 13 and 14.

"Obviously, I might have a few commitments here this weekend, but I need to practice", he said.

In the end it was decided he had made an honest effort to replace it correctly and no penalty was applied.

Four sub-par rounds gave him a tournament total of 24-under par as he claimed his first win on the European Tour.

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It was the second time in three years the defending Irish Open victor had missed the halfway cut and the fourth occasion in the past five years McIlroy will sit out the weekend rounds in the premier Irish event.

"It is disappointing because I felt like I came in here playing well".

EUROPEAN TOUR DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPENSite: Londonderry, Northern Ireland Course: Portstewart Golf Club (Strand Course).

Away from the leader, there was a lengthy tie in fourth, with a clutch of players on 17-under approaching the final hole.

There's no doubting that the sweeping Pat Ruddy-designed Glashedy course will make a magnificent venue. He's one of the fastest rising stars in the world.

But that's for next year - today was all about one man. Rham. "It's going to be incredible playing with Jon Rahm".

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