South Africa's Van Rooyen leads Irish Open by 4

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"I think it's nearly to the point where you need to start caring less about whether the putt goes in or not and just make a good stroke".

"I think it's nearly to the point where you need to start caring less about whether the putt goes in and just make a good stroke". I could take my tee to green game straight to The Open in a couple weeks and be happy. "It's just a matter of being a little more efficient and taking my opportunities when I give myself them, be just a little more efficient with my scoring". Obviously I would love to get a win.

The chasing players to the leader are New Zealander Ryan Fox and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren, who both had held the lead with Van Rooyen overnight.


At the final hole, his eagle chip to tie the lead smacked into the flag and stopped dead, causing Rahm to fall to his knees, although late birdies for Knox and Fox would still have left him one short had it dropped.

Simon Thornton is tied with Lowry after also carding a 74, with Paul Dunne and Graeme McDowell a further shot back after rounds of 72 and 73 respectively.

Van Rooyen, who is seeking a first European Tour title, birdied on the first two holes before picking up four more shots on the front nine.


"Things have been going well in practice, but you don't always get the results, so that was great to knock off a decent finish there in Italy and move forward", he said.

And he did his hopes of a repeat performance the power of good with an excellent opening round, going blemish free on his back nine and closing with his sixth birdie of the round on the ninth thanks to a lengthy putt. I wish I could have birdied the two par fives but looking back, all in all, I think it was a good day.


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