CM – Lucas Herbert retains the lead at the Irish Open while Rory McIlroy does two doubles

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The Australian Lucas Herbert shot on Saturday with 2 under 70 and went into the finals of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with one stroke.

Herbert is under at 15, with the American Johannes Veerman on the solo runner-up and South African Justin Harding in solo third.

Veerman shot 67 to get 14 under, while Harding carded a 65 to get 12 under.

Rory McIlroy meanwhile struggled with a straight par 72 The 2016 champion is 11 back, at 4 under.

McIlroy sat early in a hole with a bogey on the third hole and a lost-ball double bogey on the fourth. He recovered with four birdies but hit his tee shot on the par-4 16. for another double bowey out of bounds.

« I hope I have a good day tomorrow and get a good result, » said McIlroy. « My iron game is pretty good. I hit a couple of bad tees today that cost me four hits. Lost the ball right at 4 and then left out at 16. The left out was a reaction to the previous three drives. « 

Herbert is fighting for his second European Tour title of his career after winning the 2020 Dubai Desert Classic. The 25-year-old, who has been in the lead since an opening 64, had four birdies on his first 10 holes on Saturday. But he played his last seven holes in 2 over par.

« I want to be under 20 as a personal goal. If I can do that, someone has to catch me and if so, good luck to them, » said Herbert.

« Winning the Irish Open would be really cool whether it’s wire to wire or not. I think it would be really cool to write your résumé that you won the Irish Open. »

FROM Mercer Baggs

FROM Golf Channel Digital

BY Max Schreiber

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