South African van Rooyen looks to lock-up Irish title

DUBLIN Erik van Rooyen will be favoured to become only the second South African to win the Irish Open as he takes a four shot lead into the final round on Sunday.

The 28-year-old  who would emulate compatriot Bobby Locke’s victory in 1938  shot a scintillating six-under-par 66 to sit on 14-under for the £5.3million ($7million) tournament and tantalisingly in sight of his first win on the EPGA Tour.

Van Rooyen’s closest pursuers are first round leader Ryan Fox of New Zealand — the son of All Black fly-half great Grant Fox was joint fourth last year  and Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, who has returned to form after missing several cuts since landing his maiden tour win in the Sicilian Open in May.

“The mindset was just keep going, I guess,” said van Rooyen.

“I wasn’t very…

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