McHugh welcomes Irish Open decision for Donegal

Ilroy “bored” of playing golf because he had plenty of money in the bank

The Donegal club have been proactive in tendering for the right to stage one of the European Tour's top events and tabled an official bid in May previous year where meetings began with European Tour representatives following the Irish Open at the K Club.

David Drysdale, Justin Rose, Ryan Fox and Daniel Im were a shot further back in fourth, with Drysdale completing a brilliant course record of 63 with seven consecutive birdies. Notes: McIlroy is the tournament host.

Ramsay, Drysdale and Fox secured the three places available at Royal Birkdale via the Open qualifying series, with Drysdale edging out Im - who bogeyed the final hole - by virtue of his higher world ranking.

Clearly someone behind the 14th tee had too much to say about the shot, and as Lowry turned back in disappointment, he looked up to the crowd and addressing one spectator in disgust, said, "I don't need a running commentary from you". I know what I'm doing - doesn't make it easy to do for sure but I'm very comfortable where I'm at with my game of golf and general attitude to it and I find I've a good understanding at where I am.

The four-time major victor will compete in next week's Scottish Open before heading down to Royal Birkdale for The Open Championship.

"Rory played in a successful interprovincial Ulster inter- provincial team there in 2006, and we made him an honorary member, just prior to him turning professional and he was 16 at the time".

Also at nine under was fellow Japan golfer, Hideto Taninhara who produced a bogey free seven under par 65.

Paul Dunne is best placed of the Irish contingent on eight under, along with others, including Jamie Donaldson and Soren Kjeldsen, two of 11 former Irish Open winners in the field. He missed the cut.

Tommy Fleetwood talks about his third round at the Irish Open on Saturday.

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The tournament forms part of the prestigious new Rolex Series of events, boasting a prize fund of £5.4 million, with £585,000 for the victor.

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