Irish Open Day Four

It's the final day of action from Ballyliffin where Danny Willett and Jon Rahm are among the chasers

Ruaidhrí Croke Sun, Jul 8
 
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  • 11:21

    Hello, hello and welcome. It's the final day of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin and we have an unheralded South African leading the way.

    I'm Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for the afternoon as Danny Willett and Jon Rahm are among those looking to chase down Erik van Rooyen who holds a four shot lead.

    You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke.

    Irish Open Round Four tee-times

    06:45 Romero, Choi;

    06:54 Bourdy, Dantorp;

    07:03 Brooks, Manassero;

    07:12 Waring, Dredge;

    07:21 Elvira, Ormsby;

    07:30 Wattel, Gouveia;

    07:39 Dodt, Guerrier;

    07:53 Bjørn, Ramsay;

    08:02 Larrazábal, Pieters;

    08:11 Aguilar, Paratore;

    08:20 Jamieson, Morrison;

    08:29 Porteous, Otaegui;

    08:38 McDowell, Dunne;

    08:47 Lowry, Thornton;

    09:01 Kjeldsen. Southgate;

    09:10 Aiken, Wang;

    09:19 Hanson, Warren;

    09:28 Ford, Bland;

    09:37 Suri, Wood;

    09:46 Rai, McIlroy;

    10:00 Stone, Horsey;

    10:09 Drysdale, Hebert;

    10:18 Nixon, Chesters;

    10:27 Fernandez - Castaño, Colsaerts;

    10:36 Jaidee, Sterne;

    10:45 Rock, Fichardt;

    10:59 Bezuidenhout, Burmester;

    11:09 Miyazato, Björk;

    11:19 Ilonen, Fisher;

    11:29 Saddier, Horsfield;

    11:39 Coetzee, Olesen;

    11:49 Lombard, Frittelli;

    12:04 Uihlein, Campillo;

    12:14 Sullivan, Rahm;

    12:24 Pavon, Westwood;

    12:34 Jacquelin, Knox;

    12:44 Willett,Fox;

    12:54 Van Rooyen, Lagergren.

    SCORES
    -14: Erik Van Rooyen

    -10: Joakim Lagergren, Ryan Fox

    -9: Danny Willett

    -8: Russell Knox

    -7: Raphael Jacquelin, Lee Westwood, Matthieu Pavon

    -6: Andy Sullivan, Jon Rahm, Jorge Campillo, Peter Uihlein, Zandar Lombard

    Irish in action: -3 Shane Lowry (12), -2 Paul Dunne (12), -1 Graeme McDowell (12), E Rory McIlroy (8), +4 Simon Thornton (12)

  • 11:38

    Shane Lowry has started well with five birdies and two bogeys in his opening 12 holes moving him up to -3 and into a tie for 19th.

    He's currently the highest placed player on the course but it's all too little too late for the Offalyman after yesterday's disappointing 74.

    As for Rory MIlroy the struggles continue - a double bogey at the Par 3 fifth knocked him back but he has birdied the eighth and is back to level par, a long way off the pace.

  • 11:46

    Yesterday proved to be about as scoreable as Ballyliffin gets with the wind completely down, allowing birdies to be made.

    But no one made more than Erik van Rooyen. The South African is chasing his first ever European Tour win and yesterday he got off to an absolute flier, going through the front nine in -6. He did slow down on the way in, finishing with nine consecutive pars but he looked very much in control and ready to win his first title on the main tour to add to a Challenge Tour and a Sunshine Tour win.

    It's going to be interesting to see how he handles the final round pressure today with Danny Willett, Russell Knox and Lee Westwood among those chasing.  

    What a redemption story it would be were Willett to win here after an absolutely torrid two years since his US Masters win in 2016 which has seen him somehow slip all the way down to 442 in the world. Yesterday he was holing putts from everywhere, if he can keep that going today he may just pick up his first win since that Sunday at Augusta.

  • 11:49
    Today it's a fairly grey day on the little stretch of Inishowen that makes up Ballyliffin with the clouds rolling in over the mountains, making for some proper links weather.
  • 11:58

    Yesterday it was another frustrating day on the greens for McIlroy with too many putts missing, a lot of them going left.

    The four-time Major winner has never been the best putter but at the moment he is really struggling and it's become the main story from this week.

    Our man at Ballyliffin - Philip Reid - has been writing about it and you can read below.

    Rory McIlroy endures another frustrating day at the Irish Open

    Rory McIlroy's hot and cold putting still his nemesis

  • 12:03

    A par for Lowry at the 14th keeps him at -3 and currently in a tie for 23rd. A few more birdies on the way in would certainly help him in terms of Race To Dubai points.

    In 15 minutes Jon Rahm will get his final day underway. The Spaniard shot out of the blocks yesterday with what he called a "flawless" front nine but then stalled a litte on the way in, leaving him disappointed at the end despite shooting a 67.

    The defending champion starts today eight off the lead but he will still fancy his chances, particularly if van Rooyen is to come back, as many expect him to do.

  • 12:09

    A birdie for McIlroy at the 11th has got him back to -1 and level par for the day. He still has two Par 5s to come so he can still post a decent final round.

    Meanwhile, Paul Dunne is -1 for the day and up to level par for the tournament through 16 while Shane Lowry remains at -3.

  • 12:13

    A birdie at the first for Thorbjorn Olesen has moved him up to -6 for the tournament and currently the highest placed player on the course.

  • 12:15
  • 12:19

    At the first tee Andy Sullivan and Jon Ram have just got underway. Sullivan shot a superb round of 65 today and another one of those today may just give him a chance. The same goes for Rahm who is in attack mode today. He has taken driver off the first and launched it 360 yards down the fairway, leaving just a pitch in to the green.

    Meanwhile, a bogey for Lowry at the 16th sees him slip back to -2.

  • 12:28

    Rahm fails to make the most of that huge drive at the first after a cautious approach shot where he was very wary of the front left bunker. That's a par for the defending champion and he remains at -6.

    Meanwhile, Andy Sullivan found the front left bunker, leaving very little room to play with and he winds up with a bogey to drop back to -5.

    Up at the second Jorge Campillo has made a birdie to add to his three at the first and he is now up to -8.

  • 12:33

    A birdie for McIlroy at the 12th moves him to -2, alongside Lowry. Meanwhile Dunne and McDowell have also made birdies to get to level and -1 respectively.

    SCORES
    -14: Erik Van Rooyen

    -10: Joakim Lagergren, Ryan Fox

    -9: Danny Willett

    -8: Jorge Campillo (2), Russell Knox

    -7: Raphael Jacquelin, Lee Westwood, Matthieu Pavon

    -6: Dylan Frittelli (3), Zandar Lombard (3), Peter Uihlein (2), Jon Rahm (1)

    Irish in action: -2 Shane LOwry (16), -2 Rory McIlroy (12), -1 Graeme McDowell (17), E Paul Dunne (17), +2 Simon Thornton (16)

  • 12:36

    At the second Rahm's gung-ho approach has got him in trouble with a drive out of bounds. His expected early charge has taken a big blow there as he will now do well to make bogey.

  • 12:37
    Rahm sends his fourth shot shooting through the green at the second and now has a tough up and down just to make a six. This could be the end of any challenge fro the defending champion early doors.
  • 12:42

    It's a triple bogey seven for Rahm at the second after he failed to get up and down from the back of the green and that's his challenge now well gone as he slips back to -3.

    Meanwhile, Russell Knox has knocked a lovely approach into the first green and has 12 feet for birdie to get to -9.

  • 12:45

    It's only a par for Knox at the first and he remains at -8. Meanwhile, Dylan Frittelli has picked up two birdies in his first four holes to get up to -7.

    Back on the first tee Danny Willett and Ryan Fox are set to get underway.

  • 12:50

    Three birdies in a row for McIlroy!

    Finally something happens for the 2016 champion but it's all a little too late. Birdies at the 12th, 13th and 14th have moved him up to -3 and into a tie for 24th.

    Over at the 17th Lowry fails to make a birdie and remains at -2 while Paul Dunne has just tapped in for a round of 71 to finish at level par, alongside McDowell who bogeyed the last to also finish with a 71.

    Back on the first tee Lagergren and and van Rooyen are ready to go in the final pairing.

  • 12:52
    Up ahead at the green Willett faces 40 feet for his par after finding the fairway bunker with his tee shot. That could be a big blow early on if he's to slip back.
  • 12:54

    Campillo now joins the group at -10!


    What a start it's been for the Spaniard who has just eagled the Par 5 fourth to add to birdies at the first and second, moving him into that tie for second.


    One behind him at -9 is Fox who three-putted to make bogey while Willett slips back to -8 after he bogeyed the first.

  • 12:57

    At the first tee the final pairing are underway.

    Lagergren is up first and fires an iron down the fairway while van Rooyen's shot flies towards the right bunker but gets a very fortunate kick back into the semi rough.

    That's the perfect angle to approach.

  • 13:04

    After that fortunate bounce van Rooyen finds the heart of the green with his approach and will 30 feet or so for birdie.

    Lagergren is probably in the best position to chase down the leader today as he is playing alongside him and he's given himself a good chance at doing so with an approach to 15 feet.

    Meanwhile, a par for Lowry at the 18th sees him finish the week at -2 with a round of 70.

  • 13:09

    It's a solid par for van Rooyen at the first which will settle his nerves a little.  

    Meanwhile Lagergren also taps in for his par to remain at -10.

    After that triple at the second Rahm has responded well with a birdie at the third and another at the fourth to get back to -5.

    Over at the 15th it's a bogey for McIlroy and he drops back to -2.

    SCORES
    -14: Erik Van Rooyen (1)

    -10: Jorge Campillo (4), Joakim Lagergren (1)

    -9: Ryan Fox (1)

    -8: Russell Knox (2), Danny Willett (1)

    -7: Zandar Lombard (5), Lee Westwood (2), Matthieu Pavon (2)

    -6: Yusaku Miyazato (9), Thorbjorn Olesen (7), Dylan Frittelli (5), Peter Uihlein (5), Raphael Jacquelin (2)

    Irish in action: -2 Rory McIlroy (15), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 13:17

    At the sixth Rahm has just taken the dogleg off altogether by driving it to the fringe of the green, leaving an up and down there to get back to where he started at -6.

    At the second van Rooyen has sent a lovely approach in to 15 feet and will have that to go five clear.

    Alongside him Lagergren can only manage to get his to the front of the green, leaving 50 feet for birdie.

  • 13:23

    Two putts for van Rooyen at the second keeps him at -14 and four ahead as Lagergren also nly manages a par.

    At the 16th McIlroy has tidied up for a par after that bogey at the previous hole, leaving him at -2.

    And it's an eagle for Rahm!

    After that huge drive at the sixth he has only gone and pitched in to get to -7 and -1 for the day despite that triple on the second. What a comeback.

    SCORES
    -14: Erik Van Rooyen (2)

    -10: Jorge Campillo (7), Joakim Lagergren (2)

    -9: Ryan Fox (3)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (4), Russell Knox (3), Danny Willett (3)

    -7: Zandar Lombard (5), Lee Westwood (5), Jon Rahm (6)

    -6: Yusaku Miyazato (10), Thorbjorn Olesen (8), Dylan Frittelli (8), Peter Uihlein (7), Andy SUllivan (5)

    Irish in action: -2 Rory McIlroy (16), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 13:24
  • 13:26
    The Par 5 fourth is playing very short today with the tee 125 yards up and everyone is taking advantage. Knox is the latest to do so with an eagle to get to -10 and into that tie for second, four behind van Rooyen.
  • 13:31

    Van Rooyen's lead is cut to three!

    For the first time since the front nine yesterday the South African has had his lead reduced. That's thanks to Campillo's latest birdie at the eighth (to get to -5 for the day) while Fox also made a birdie at the fourth to join the Spaniard at -11.

  • 13:40

    Another par for van Rooyen at the third keeps him at -14 and still comfortably in the lead although Campillo and Fox are closing.

    The South African has just spanked a drive down the fairway at the Par 5 fourth and will only have an iron in from there for his second.

    Meanwhile, Willett has got a birdie back at that same hole to get back to -9.

    SCORES
    -14: Erik Van Rooyen (3)

    -11: Jorge Campillo (8), Ryan Fox (5)

    -10: Russell Knox (5), Joakim Lagegren (3)

    -9: Matthieu Pavon (6), Danny Willett (5)

    -7: Zandar Lombard (9), Peter Uihlein (8), Jon Rahm (7), Lee Westwood (6), Raphael Jacquelin (5)

    Irish in action: -2 Rory McIlroy (17), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 13:42

    Van Rooyen finds the greenside bunker with his second at the Par 5 fourth but he's got another break with the ball coming back into the middle, leaving what shouldn't be a difficult up and down for his first birdie of the day.

    Meanwhile Lagergren's shot misses the bunker right and leaves a much tougher up and down over the sand.

  • 13:44

    Jorge Campillo is on an absolute roll!

    He's just made a birdie at the ninth to go out in 29 shots and cut van Rooyen's lead to two shots! Finally it looks like we may have a challenge for the South African.

  • 13:46

    Russell Knox is right in the mix!

    After that eagle at the Par 5 fourth he's added another birdie at the sixth and is now up to -11, one behind Campillo and three behind van Rooyen.

    Meanwhile, McIlroy can only manage a par at the Par 5 17th and he goes up the last at -2.

  • 13:52

    Van Rooyen leads by three!

    A perfect up and down from that greenside bunker for the South African moves him to -15 and three ahead of Campillo.

    Alongside him, Lagergren also makes birdie and is now up to -11 but he could be in a bit of trouble at the Par 3 fourth after finding the bunker where his ball has plugged.

    No such trouble for van Rooyen who fires his tee shot in to 10 feet and will have that to go four clear.

    SCORES
    -15: Erik Van Rooyen (4)

    -12: Jorge Campillo (9)

    -11: Russell Knox (6), Ryan Fox (6), Joakim Lagegren (4)

    -9: Matthieu Pavon (7), Danny Willett (6)

    -8: Zandar Lombard (10)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (9), Jon Rahm (8), Raphael Jacquelin (7)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 13:55

    At the 18th McIlroy has finished up with a par for a round of 71 and a total of -1. It wasn't McIlroy's week this week but if he hits a streak with the putter he'll win anywhere, and just maybe it will be at Carnoustie in two weeks.

  • 13:59

    It's been a bit of a disaster for Lagergren at the fifth from that plugged lie. He could only hack it out of the sand, leaving a chip which he then skulled into another bunker and then got up and down for five. He slips back to -9 and is now six behind.

    He was very nearly seven behind as well as van Rooyen's birdie putt looked good all the way but dipped right and lipped out right at the death.

    At the Par 3 seventh Fox very nearly found the water with his tee shot but he managed to get up and down to save par and remain at -11 while Willett ha parred the sixth to stay at -9.

    SCORES
    -15: Erik Van Rooyen (5)

    -12: Jorge Campillo (10)

    -11: Russell Knox (7), Ryan Fox (6)

    -9: Matthieu Pavon (7), Danny Willett (6), Joakim Lagergren (5)

    -8: Zandar Lombard (10)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (10), Jon Rahm (9), Raphael Jacquelin (7)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 14:05

    Van Rooyen looks very much in control and doesn't look like he'll be coming back to the field.  

    At the Par 4 sixth he's knocked a lovely approach into 25 feet. Pars are fine for him at the moment.

  • 14:07
    At the ninth Rahm has sunk a great par putt to remain at -7 and go out in 34 shots even with a triple at the second.
  • 14:10

    Van Rooyen drops a shot.

    That's the South African's first dropped shot since the 11th on Friday and he makes it just as the wind picks up. However, he still leads by three as Campillo has dropped a shot at the 11th.

    This is going to be interesting to see how van Rooyen copes with that bogey.

    SCORES
    -14: Erik Van Rooyen (6)

    -11: Jorge Campillo (11), Russell Knox (8), Ryan Fox (7)

    -9: Danny Willett (7), Joakim Lagergren (6)

    -8: Zandar Lombard (11), Matthieu Pavon (8)

    -7: Thorbjorn Olesen (12), Peter Uihlein (11), Jon Rahm (9), Raphael Jacquelin (8)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 14:16
  • 14:16

    Van Rooyen may just be cominf a litte undone here now. His tee shot at the Par 3 seventh has found the right bunker and from there he can only splash out to 10 feet. That leaves a tough tester for par after he dropped a shot already on the previous hole.

    At the eighth Fox absolutely raced his birdie putt past but did well to make the par putt back to remain at -11.

  • 14:21

    It's back-to-back bogeys for van Rooyen and it may all be unravelling now.


    That par putt starts left and stay left meaing he slips back to -13 and now only holds a two shot lead.


    That lead is over Campillo, Fox and Knox after the Scot just made a super up and down from the front bunker at the ninth to remain at -11.


    SCORES
    -13: Erik Van Rooyen (7)


    -11: Jorge Campillo (11), Russell Knox (9), Ryan Fox (8)


    -9: Zandar Lombard (12), Danny Willett (8), Joakim Lagergren (7)


    -7: Thorbjorn Olesen (12), Peter Uihlein (11), Andy Sullivan (10), Jon Rahm (10), Matthieu Pavon (9), Raphael Jacquelin (9)


    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 14:22
    It's all getting a little ugly for van Rooyen now. His tee shot at the eighth flies way left and into the heavy stuff. It could all be coming apart. Who is going to step up and challenge?
  • 14:27

    Van Rooyen managed to pull a beautiful lie on the left of the eighth and has found the green at the Par 4, leaving a long birdie putt.

    Meanwhile, Willett's challenge has never really got going and he is now back to -8 after a thee-putt bogey at the ninth.

    Knox, on the other hand, is challenging. A perfect tee shot down the 10th left him with just a wedge in and he's sent his approach in to 12 feet. He has that for birdie to get within one.

  • 14:29

    Van Rooyen's long birdie putt comes up six feet short. That's about the distance he's missed on the last two holes and it may all be coming undone now.

    Lets not forget that Knox has a putt for birdie at the 10th and could soon be tied for the lead...

  • 14:33

    Knox gets within one!

    The Scot's birdie putt at the 10th is dead centre all the way and moves him to 12. However, he still remains one behind as Van Rooyen did very well to convert that six foot par putt and stay narrowly in the lead.

    SCORES
    -13: Erik Van Rooyen (8)

    -12: Russell Knox (10)

    -11: Jorge Campillo (12), Ryan Fox (9)

    -10: Zandar Lombard (13)

    -9: Joakim Lagergren (8)

    -8: Danny Willett (9)

    -7: Thorbjorn Olesen (14), Peter Uihlein (12), Jon Rahm (11), Raphael Jacquelin (10)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 14:35

    Knox has the title in his sights now and we finally have a competition on our hands.

    The Scot has launched a perfect drive down the right of the 11th and will have a nice angle for his approach. And he could soon be tied for the lead as van Rooyen is in yet more trouble at the ninth.

    That's after sending a drive way right at the ninth where it has held up in the long grass on the side of a hill. His head is absolutely spinning now.

  • 14:40

    Birdie for Willett!

    He now moves to -9 through 10 and is only four behind.

    Alongside him Fox hit what was a perfect birdie putt down the hill but somehow, somehow, it failed to drop. I have absolutely no idea how that didn't go in. It was dead weight and dead centre until the very last second when it wiggled left and stayed out.

    Back to van Rooyen we go at the ninth and it does not look pretty.

  • 14:43

    From the side of a hill at the ninth van Rooyen fires his approach up towards the green and it absolutely flies out, scooting the whole way through the green and over the back, leaving a very tough up and down to save par.

    At the 13th Campillo has found a birdie from miles away to join Knox at -12.

  • 14:45

    Bogey for Knox.

    After finding a tough lie with the ball way above his feet at the 12th Knox could only chop it down to the front of the green and failed to get up and down. That's a bogey and he slips back to -11 and two behind but van Rooyen is in trouble, remember.

  • 14:46

    Speaking of the South African he is facing a 10 footer for par.

    That's after a great pitch from the back of the ninth green rolled on and on, leaving him with a serious tester to hold his lead or else he will drop back into a tie with Campillo.

  • 14:51

    We have a tie for the lead!

    Van Rooyen's par putt is left to right at the ninth and he under-borrows, his ball missing on the right. He slips back to -12 and into a tie for the lead with Campillo with Knox and Fox only one behind.

    It's all heating up now!

    SCORES

    -12: Jorge Campillo (13), Erik van Rooyen (9)

    -11: Russell Knox (11), Ryan Fox (10)

    -10: Zandar Lombard (14)

    -9: Danny Willett (11), Joakim Lagergren (9)

    -7: Thorbjorn Olesen (15), Peter Uihlein (13), Jon Rahm (12), Matthieu Pavon (12), Raphael Jacquelin (11)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 14:52

    Ryan Fox joins the tie for the lead!

    The son of former All-Black Grant Fox played a gorgeous approach into the 11th and then sunk the five-footer for birdie to move to -12 alongside Campillo and van Rooyen.

    All three players are chasing their first win and they have the pedigree of Knox and Willett chasing them. It looks set to be an exciting back nine!

  • 14:53
  • 14:54

    Straight away Campillo faces a big test with a seven footer for par at the Par 3 14th but he is well up to it, rolling it into the centre of the hole.

    It looks like this tournament is springing into life now.

  • 14:59

    We have a four-way tie for the lead!

    Well what a tournament we have on our hands now. From 25 feet at the 12th Knox has rolled his birdie putt right into the middle and he is now into the tie at -12, three clear of the rest of the field.

    Van Rooyen needs something to settle him down and he may just get it at the 10th after a lovely approach in to seven feet. That's for birdie to go back into the lead on his own again.

  • 15:06

    Van Rooyen misses his birdie putt.

    That was never on line, always left and the South African remains tied for the lead at -12.

    Up at the 15th Campillo found some trouble left of the green with a tough pitch over three bunkers but he's played it beautifully, leaving six feet for par which he has rolled into the middle.

    Over at the 12th Willett has rolled a long birdie putt in to get to -10.

    SCORES
    -12: Jorge Campillo (15), Russell Knox (12), Ryan Fox (11), Erik van Rooyen (10)

    -10:  Danny Willett (12)

    -9: Zandar Lombard (15)

    -8: Thorbjorn Olesen (16), Jon Rahm (14), Matthieu Pavon (13), Joakim Lagergren (10)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (15), Andy Sullivan (14), Raphael Jacquelin (12)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 15:07

    Ryan Fox leads the Irish Open on his own!

    Van Rooyen has finally been overtaken after back-to-back birdies from Fox who found the bottom of the cup with his putt at the 12th and now leads on his own at -13.

  • 15:17

    Knox fails to birdie the Par 5 13th and will be disappointed with that.


    After missing the green left with his second shot his pitch barely got over the bunkers and left him with 30 feet for birdie which came up just short. He pars and remains at -12, one behind Fox.


    Meanwhile, van Rooyen was very nearly back in a tie for the lead after his birdie putt at the 11th caught the right edge of the hole and lipped right out.


    Meanwhie, Rahm has birdied the 15th to get up to -9. If it wasn't for that triple at the second it could all be so different.


    SCORES
    -13: Ryan Fox (12)


    -12: Jorge Campillo (15), Russell Knox (13), Erik van Rooyen (11)


    -10: Danny Willett (12)


    -9: Zandar Lombard (16), Jon Rahm (15)


    -8: Thorbjorn Olesen (17), Matthieu Pavon (14), Raphael Jacquelin (13), Joakim Lagergren (11)


    -7: Peter Uihlein (15), Andy Sullivan (15)


    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 15:21

    Another tester for par at the 15th is dealt with well by Campillo to remain at -12 and one behind Fox.

    Up at the 13th Willett also failed to birdie the par five after finding the buner with his second. He stays at -10 and three behind Fox who now faces 25 feet for eagle...

  • 15:23

    Ryan Fox leads by two!

    The Kiwi's eagle putt came up a few feet short at the 13th but he has tidied up nicely for birdie and now moves two clear of Knox and van Rooyen.

    Over at the 16th the par saves just got a bit too much for Campillo and he dropped a shot, moving back to -11.

  • 15:26

    No such trouble for Knox at the 14th as he makes a six footer for par to hang on at -12.

    And he may just be closer to the lead in a few minutes as Fox has found the bunker at the Par 3 14th, leaving a long up and down which will really test him.

  • 15:28

    Campillo isn't out of this yet!

    He is a few groups ahead of the leaders and has the advantage of being able to post a target. A superb second shot at the Par 5 17th has left him with 30 feet for eagle to get within one of Fox.

    Speaking of Fox, he has played a lovely bunker shot out to six feet and will have that to save par.

    And, over at the 18th, Olesen has holed out from what must have been close to 100 feet off the green with his putter for a clsing birdie to sign for a rounf of 68 and -9.

  • 15:32

    After finding the heart of the green at the 12th with his approach van Rooyen sent his long birdie putt five feet past but did well to hold his nerve and make the one back for par to stay at -12. He's playing poorly but he's still there.

    Over at the 14th Willett fails to do the same, winding up with a bogey and dropping back to -9.

    And Jon Rahm is suddenly making a late run!

    Another birdie at the 16th has him up to -10. An eagle and a birdie to finish and you just never know.

  • 15:35

    Fox's lead is cut to one.

    His par putt there at the 14th was too high on the left and slipped past meaning he drops back to -13 and just one clear of Knox and van Rooyen and Knox is in close at the 15th after a gorgeous approach.

    Rahm may just post a clubhouse target here. If it wasn't for that triple at the second he'd be walking away with it.

    SCORES
    -13: Ryan Fox (14)

    -12: Russell Knox (14), Erik van Rooyen (12)

    -11: Jorge Campillo (16)

    -10: Jon Rahm (16)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (17), Danny Willett (14)

    -8: Andy Sullivan (16), Matthieu Pavon (15), Raphael Jacquelin (15), Joakim Lagergren (12)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (16)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 15:36

    All of a sudden we have a three-way tie for the lead!


    This final day is twisting and turning at some pace now.


    At the 17th Campillo has gone and sunk his eagle putt to jump to -13 and -7 for the day while Knox has also sunk that birdie putt at the 15th and he is now up to -13 as well.


    What a final day we have here.

  • 15:40

    Fox is in trouble at the 15th.

    His tee shot found the bunker on the left and from there he can only splash out back to the fairway, leaving a long up and down to save par.

    Campillo is coming down the last and is also in some trouble after pushing his drive right into the heavy rough. It's all about the lie there.

    No such trouble for Knox at the 15th who has found the centre of the fairway.

    We have a shootout on our hands!

  • 15:42

    What a shot Ryan Fox!

    He's spun a gorgeous wedged approach in to three feet at the 15th and will have that short putt to save par and remain in a tie for the lead. If he does go on to win he will certainly look back at this hole.

    At the 17th Rahm is eagle-hunting. If he could bag an eagle and a birdie at the last and post -13 he may well defend his title. That triple bogey on the second is likely to haunt him for a while, however.

  • 15:47

    Erik van Rooyen jumps back into the tie for the lead!

    A lovely lagged eagle putt and a tap-in for birdie at the Par 5 13th has moved him back to -13 and he may just kick on now after blowing his four shot lead earlier.

    Over at the 15th Fox has rolled in that short par putt to stay at -13. What a save that was.

    There's no eagle for Rahm at the 17th but he does make a birdie to get to -11 a djust two behind but he only has one hole left.

    SCORES
    -13: Jorge Campillo (17), Russell KNox (15), Ryan Fox (15), Erik van Rooyen (13)

    -11: Jon Rahm (17)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:69), Andy Sullivan (17), Danny Willett (15)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (16), Raphael Jacquelin (15), Joakim Lagergren (13)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (17)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 15:51

    Knox oh-so nearly goes into the lead on his own!

    After a lovely approach off the bank on the left of the 16th his putt looks in all the way but wiggles left at the end and stays out. He remains in the tie for the lead at -13.

    Who is going to break out of it first?

  • 15:56

    Jorge Campillo posts -13!

    The Spaniard shows serious cajones to roll in a par putt from six feet at the 18th, sign for a 65 and maybe, just maybe, claim his first ever European Tour win after 206 attempts.

    We have one faller from the leading group and it's van Rooyen who lips out with a long par putt at the 14th to fall back to -12.

  • 15:58

    JON RAHM!

    The Spaniard has just hit the pin with his second at the 18th, his ball going into the hole and jumping back out for what would have been an eagle and to match Campillo at -13!

    What a competitor this man is - since the seventh he is -9 after tapping in that birdie putt to post -12 but he will be at least one off the pace. If it wasn't for that triple at the second...

    What an effort from the defending champion.

  • 16:00
  • 16:00

    At the 16th Fox's birdie putt stays out ad he remains at -13 alongside Campillo and Knox.

    That's a 66 with a triple bogey for Rahm. My god that is some golf.

    SCORES
    -13: Jorge Campillo (F:65), Russell KNox (16), Ryan Fox (16)

    -12: Jon Rahm (F:66), Erik van Rooyen (14)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:69), Andy Sullivan (F:69), Danny Willett (16)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (17), Raphael Jacquelin (16)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (F:71), Joakim Lagergren (14)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 16:02
    Fox and Knox are now battling it out to get past Campillo at -13 and both are in good shape at the 17th. Fox has sent his drive nicely down the fairway while Knox is on the green in two and putting for eagle.
  • 16:04
    Knox's second at the 17th didn't quite get onto the green, coming up a little short. His pitch is a little heavy-handed and runs 20 feet past. If he fails to birdie here he will be very disapointed, particularly with Fox in position to go for the green in two in the group behind.
  • 16:05
  • 16:06

    That stat is, quite frankly, absurd.

    Knox's birdie putt comes up a few inches short and he has to settle for par, leaving the door open for Fox to possibly go out in front on his own.

  • 16:12

    Ryan Fox!

    A superb second at the Par 5 17th draws in beautifully to 15 feet. He has that for eagle and a two shot lead.

    And Knox is in trouble at the 18th. His drive flies way right and into the heavy stuff. It looks to be lying okay but he will do very well to make birdie from there and overtake Campillo.

    Back at the 16th van Rooyen is still chasing hard. His tee shot is perfect down the fairway. One more birdie and he joins the tie for the lead.

  • 16:14

    Fox leads by one!

    He's walking early on his 15-footer for eagle and it misses left. However, it's a birdie four and he goes one clear at -14 with one to play.

    SCORES
    -14: Ryan Fox (17)

    -13: Jorge Campillo (F:65), Russell KNox (17)

    -12: Jon Rahm (F:66), Erik van Rooyen (15)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:69), Andy Sullivan (F:69), Danny Willett (17)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (F:71), Raphael Jacquelin (17)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (F:71), Joakim Lagergren (15)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 16:17

    At the 18th Knox has pulled a good lie but he has a completely blind shot to the green.

    However, he has played a beauty up and onto the left hand side of the green, leaving 35 feet for birdie to join Fox at -14. If he pars he will equal Campillo at -13 in the clubhouse and will have to hope Fox - who is on the 18th tee - makes a bogey.

  • 16:18

    Wow, what a drive from Fox!

    He launches an absolute monster drive down the left of the 18th fairway and only has 60 yards to go!

    He is looking right at birdie and the title now.

  • 16:22

    Up to Knox at the 18th.

    After Fox's tee shot he probably has to make this 35 footer for birdie.

    AND HE DOES!

    What a putt that was! It looked in all the way and dropped into the centre at deadweight!

    That puts him into a tie with Fox meaning the Kiwi needs a birdie now to win outright or else we're looking at a playoff, depending as well on what van Rooyen can do although he has only managed a par at the 16th and remains -12.

    What a putt that was from Knox. Just superb stuff and he gives it a huge roar and fist pump.

    SCORES
    -14: Russell KNox (F:66), Ryan Fox (17)

    -13: Jorge Campillo (F:65)

    -12: Jon Rahm (F:66), Erik van Rooyen (16)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:69), Andy Sullivan (F:69), Danny Willett (17)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (F:71), Raphael Jacquelin (17)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (F:71), Joakim Lagergren (16)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 16:22
  • 16:24

    Alongside Fox, Willett has found the heart of the 18th green and has a similar putt to what Knox holed to finish at -10.


    And now Fox. He needs a birdie to win or a par for a playoff.


    He sends a low skipper into the front of the green where it releases out to six feet. What a beautiful shot that was and he now has a great chance to take the title here and now.

  • 16:29

    We have a playoff on our hands!

    Fox starts his birdie putt out right but it never comes back in and stays out on the edge.

    That's a round of 68 for the Kiwi and a total of -14, tying Knox.

    Van Rooyen could still steal join the pair with two birdies at 17 and 18 but, for the moment, it looks like it'll be Fox and Knox.

    SCORES
    -14: Russell KNox (F:66), Ryan Fox (F:68)

    -13: Jorge Campillo (F:65)

    -12: Jon Rahm (F:66), Erik van Rooyen (16)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:69), Andy Sullivan (F:69), Danny Willett (F:72)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (F:71), Raphael Jacquelin (F:71)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (F:71), Joakim Lagergren (16)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 16:30
    Van Rooyen is in trouble at the 17th after finding the bunker with his tee shot. From there he can only splash out and now faces a huge task to make birdie.
  • 16:33

    What a finish we've had here to a tournament that looked to be a slow burner for so long.

    And now we're going to have a little bit more. Excellent.

  • 16:34
    Van Rooyen's run looks to be over. After blowing his four-shot lead early on he has never really recovered and has sent his third shot at the 17th way left. From there he pitched down to about 12 feet and will have that for par to remain at -12.
  • 16:37
    A great par putt from van Rooyen finds the middle of the hole and he remains at -12 but now needs a very unlikely eagle at the last to get into the playoff.
  • 16:43

    SCORES
    -14: Russell KNox (F:66), Ryan Fox (F:68)

    -13: Jorge Campillo (F:65)

    -12: Jon Rahm (F:66), Erik van Rooyen (17)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:69), Andy Sullivan (F:69), Danny Willett (F:72)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (F:71), Raphael Jacquelin (F:71)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (F:71), Joakim Lagergren (17)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

  • 16:45

    Van Rooyen's approach to the 18th finds the middle of the green but that's him out of the playoff running.

    Knox and Fox will go head-to-head in about 15 minutes for the Irish Open title.

  • 16:50
    It's a par to finish for van Rooyen and a very disappointing round of 74 to finish at -12 while Lagergren also taps in for par and a 75 at -7.
  • 16:50
    Back to the 18th tee we go where Fox and Knox are ready to go!
  • 16:52

    Knox is up first and takes the driver. His tee shot looks to be set for the fairway bunker but it takes a hop over it and stays out. He will be on a downslope in the semi rough, however.

    With Fox's length he can take the bunker out of play altogether and he does so by flying it straight over it where it chases out to about where he was in regulation play.  

    Advantage Fox.

  • 16:57

    On a steep downslope, Knox has to bump his approach forward, letting it run onto the green and he does so beautifully. He is going to have almost the exact same putt he had in regulation play for birdie.

    And he may just need it. That's because Fox has sent a gorgeous wedge in to six feet.

    What a brilliant finish we have here.

  • 16:59

    RUSSELL KNOX!!!!!

    He's only gone and holed the same putt again!

    And the same reaction as well, I honestly thought we were watching a replay there for a second.

    Fox now has about 10 feet or so to force another playoff hole...

  • 17:01

    RUSSELL KNOX IS THE 2018 IRISH OPEN CHAMPION!

    Well that is terribly, terribly unlucky for Fox and he deserved more. His putt slipped right at the very end and lipped out, meaning Knox is the winner after holing that bomb from 35 feet away.

    SCORES
    -14: Russell Knox (F:66)*, Ryan Fox (F:68)

    -13: Jorge Campillo (F:65)

    -12: Jon Rahm (F:66), Erik van Rooyen (F:74)

    -9: Thorbjorn Olesen (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:69), Andy Sullivan (F:69), Danny Willett (F:72)

    -8: Matthieu Pavon (F:71), Raphael Jacquelin (F:71)

    -7: Peter Uihlein (F:71), Joakim Lagergren (F:75)

    Irish in action: -1 Rory McIlroy (F:71), -2 Shane Lowry (F:70), E Graeme McDowell (F:71), E Paul Dunne (F:71), +2 Simon Thornton (F:74)

    *Knox made a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Fox

  • 17:03
  • 17:06

    Well, what a day and what a week we have had at Ballyliffin. Russell Knox is the winner but the course was the real star after a fascinating final day which ended with Knox pipping Fox in a playoff.

    With that I shall leave you. Philip Reid's report will be online shortly, thanks for reading, bye!