Three weeks ago, en route to his maiden European Tour victory in the Andalucia Masters, John Catlin led wire-to-wire at Valderrama. Second time round though, things were a bit different for the 29-year-old American.
It was Moving Day on Saturday at the Irish Open, and Englishman Aaron Rai produced among the strongest rounds on the tough Galgorm Spa course in shooting three-under 67 to own the solo lead at eight under.
The coronavirus pandemic has cut a swathe through the 2020 Race to Dubai schedule. Thankfully the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has survived the chaos although, like a lot of professional golf events around the world, not totally unscathed.
Graeme McDowell’s return to Royal Portrush, a links he used to walk as a youngster, was one of golf’s feel-good stories in 2019. The Ulsterman is going back—and giving back—to his homeland in a different capacity starting next season.
Robert Rock settled for a place in history and a decent shot at his first European Tour title since winning in Abu Dhabi seven years ago after going agonisingly close to shooting 59 to headline the penultimate day of the $7 million Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Zander Lombard is halfway to an elusive European Tour victory and has recent pedigree in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to give him a healthy dollop of hope that he can finally get over the line at Lahinch Golf Club this weekend.