Irish Open Day 4: Leaderboard, scores, tee off times and course guide
Updates and course guide as Rory McIlroy, Masters winner Danny Willett and Darren Clarke face off at the K Club
Round four of the 2016 Irish Open tees-off at the K Club on Sunday, May 22.
HOLYWOOD man Rory McIlroy is leading the 2016 Irish Open on the fourth day of the competition.
McIlroy is leading Masters champion Danny Willett by three shots after finishing his weather-hit third round of the Irish Open on nine under par.
Both players completed the final three holes of their rounds in level par early on Sunday morning.
Play was suspended twice on Saturday because of a risk of lightning and thunderstorms and was finally called off at 8.30pm.
McIlroy is chasing his first Irish Open win and a first victory of the season.
The world number three has secured six top-10 finishes so far this season, but is now in pole position for the £515,000 first prize at his home tournament, which is supported by his charity, The Rory Foundation.
Trailing by one shot after day two, the Northern Irishman found himself at the head of the field after birdieing the fourth, as overnight leaders Willett and Marc Warren both faltered.
On Saturday Marc Warren, Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy were the top performers at the K Club.
Money - £515,000 for the winner - is up for grabs this weekend. Ryder Cup and Race To Dubai points are on the table. Pride also comes into the equation, as McIlroy and Willett vie for the No.1 spot in Europe.
Each of these marquee players in this tournament has something the other covets.
Willett beat McIlroy to the Masters Green Jacket, the only Major the Holywood man has yet to win, while the Sheffield-born pride of Yorkshire sets a hot pace in pursuit of McIlroy's order of merit crown.
This is not quite a grudge match yet, but with Warren and Willett leading the Irish Open at eight under after 36 holes, and the tournament host a shot behind them, the intensity is ramping up.
McIlroy, who carded 70 yesterday, and Willett are eyeing each other up as we get into 'moving day'.
The four-time Major winner said: "I don't need any extra incentive. We had a great battle for the Race To Dubai last year. I want to beat him to that again this year, and he's got a big lead on me. I need to take advantage of tournaments like this which are big enough prize funds.
"There's incentive enough there, no matter if he's the Masters champion or not. I need to have a good weekend to try and catch up on him."
Willett also deflected a question about the likelihood of a shoot-out with the World No.3.
"It would be good fun regardless who you're up against. Warren is a fantastic player, and obviously Rory is there, as well," said Willett after a 71. "If I can be somewhere there or thereabouts come Sunday, that would be great."
Warren's 66, after an opening 70, was the round of the day. The Scot, 35, has won three times on Tour since turning pro in 2002, and has missed the cut six times in his nine European Tour events so far this season.
Weather predictions proved accurate, with the rain rolling in yesterday after the morning stayed dry. No complaints there from the pace-setters, especially McIlroy.
"I just about remembered my wet gear whenever I was packing in Florida to go to The Players and then over here. It's the Irish Open. It's in May," he said. "The weather can be very changeable over here at this time of year. I knew it was a possibility.
"I got lucky with the draw. I took advantage, which was nice, and it's an even playing field over the next few days.
"I feel like I'm prepared to play in whatever comes our way."
The key for McIlroy now is to cut out the few little errors which have trimmed the edge off an otherwise all-round very solid performance.
The huge roar which hailed his 12-foot birdie putt on the ninth, McIlroy's 18th, contrasted with the collective "ooooh" of disappointment from the gallery on the par-3 third, his 12th, when he dragged a four footer outside the cup for a wasteful bogey.
"I was trying to stay as patient as possible, and I think I was rewarded with the putt on the last," he added. "I made six birdies today and six birdies yesterday. I just made a few too many bogeys today, that's why the score is a little higher.
"I played well. I drove the ball well again, I hit a lot of good iron and wedge shots.
"It's just that whenever I missed a couple of greens, I didn't get it up and down.
"There's a couple of soft bogeys in there. I want to try and make sure I don't do that over the weekend, but I know I'm making enough birdies to win this tournament."
Irish Open history
Shane Lowry’s victory as an amateur in 2009 came on his European Tour debut. He was the first player to achieve this feat since Ben Curtis at The Open Championship in 2003. A total of 14 Major Champions have triumphed in the event, including Sir Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, José María Olazábal and, most recently, Padraig Harrington. Sergio Garcia became the youngest winner of the Irish Open in 1999, winning the title at Druids Glen at just 19 years and 176 days old.
The 11 former winners teeing off at The K Club include Jamie Donaldson, Thomas Bjørn and Lowry, the last Irishman to win this tournament seven years ago.
Friday tee off times
7.30: C Shinkwin (Eng), M Kieffer (Ger), R Wattel (Fra)
7.40: R Bland (Eng), R Dinwinnie (Eng), P Meesawat (Thai)
7.50: A Noren (Swe), A Canizares (Esp), R Ramsay (Sco)
8.00: E Pepperell (Eng), S Dodd (Wal), G Stal (Fra)
8.10: M Lorenzo Vera (Fra), A Otaehui (Esp), F Aguilar (Chi)
8.20: N Fasth (Swe), J Hugo (RSA), P Edberg (Swe)
8.30: B Hebert (Fra), J Hansen (Dnk), G Moynihan
8.40: S Webster (Eng), G Hurley, R McGowan (Eng)
8.50: A Wu (Chn), S Hansen (Dnk), T Fisher (RSA)
9.0: R McGee, C Lee (Scot), K Phelan
9.10: G Boyd (Eng), M Madsen (Dnk), R Davies (Wal)
9.20: D Brooks (Eng), D Im (USA), J Campillo (Esp)
9.30: J Fahbring (Swe), JR Galbraith (Am), R Sterne (RSA)
7.35: D Lipsky (USA), N Holman (Aus), J Quesne (Fra)
7.45: E Espana (Fra), P Dunne, G Bourdy (Fra)
7.55: M Warren (Sco), J Van Zyl (RSA), M Hoey (Irl)
8.05: J Donaldson (Wal), M Fraser (Aus), S Lee (Kor)
8.15: K Broberg (Swe), C Wood (Eng), D Clarke (Irl)
8.25: A Sullivan (Eng), S Kjeldsen (Dnk), R McIlroy (Irl)
8.35: L Westwood (Eng), D Willett (Eng), R Cabrera Bello (Esp)
8.45: G McDowell, T Olesen (Dnk), T Pieters (Bel)
8.55: S Gallacher (Sco), R Karlsson (Swe), J Morrison (Eng)
9.05: H Porteus (RSA), A Dodt (Aus), A Quiros (Esp)
9.15: L Bjerregaard (Dnk), R Karlberg (Swe), B Rumford (Aus)
9.25: B Evans (Eng), M Baldwin (Eng), R Gouveia (Por)
9.35: N O’Briain, R Green (Aus), D Mooney
12.35: R Evans (Eng), S Jamieson (Sco), G Havret (Fra)
12.45: T Hatton (Eng), J Carlsson (Swe), N Colsaerts (Bel)
12.55: P McGinley, S Hend (Aus), T Fleetwood (Eng)
1.05: R Fisher (Eng), P Harrington, V Dubuisson (Fra)
1.15: T Jaidee (Tha), R Knox (Sco), J Luiten (Nld)
1.25: M Fitzpatrick (Eng), T Bjorn (Dnk), M Kaymer (Ger)
1.35: S Lowry, J Wang (Kor), B Wiesberger (Ger)
1.45: A Johnston (Eng), D Lingmerth (Swe), Paul Lawrie (Sco)
1.55: L Haotong (Chn), MA Jiminez (Esp), B Stone (RSA)
2.05: E Brady, M Ford (Eng), E Goya (Arg)
2.15: L Slattery (Eng), F Zanotti (Par), A Levy (Fra)
2.25: D Higgins, M Carlsson (Swe), B Akesson (Swe)
2.35: J McCleary (Sco), B McGovern, J Winther (Dnk)
12.30: B Dredge (Wal), R Kakko (Fin), YE Yang (Kor)
12.40: O Wilson (Eng), M Manassero (Ita), M Siem (Ger)
12.50: A Wall (Eng), G Coetzee (RSA), SSP Chawrasia (Ind)
1.0: R Jacquelin (Fra), R Paratore (Ita), R Rock (Eng)
1.10: S Gros (Fra), C Campbell (Am), O Fisher (Eng)
1.20: P Larrazabal (Esp) Jin Jeong (Kor), H Otto (RSA)
1.30: P Hanson (Swe), C Paisley (Eng), S Benson (Eng)
1.40: S Khan (Eng), M Southgate (Eng), M Ilonen (Fin)
1.50: Peter Lawrie, D Drysdale (Sco), J Busby (Eng)
2.0: J Lagergren (Swe), A McArthur (Sco), E De La Riva (Esp)
2.10: T Linard (Fra), N Elvira (Esp), G Storm (Eng)
2.20: M Korhonen (Fin), B Virto Astudillo (Esp), C Moriarty
2.30: D Fichardt (RSA), U Van den Berg (RSA), J Hume (Am)
The K Club
The K Club previously hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup, where Ian Woosnam memorably led Europe to a record-equalling 18½-9½ victory over the United States and 25 years since it opened. The K Club previously hosted the European Open from 1995 to 2007, a tournament which boasted an illustrious list of winners including Major Champions Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen and Bernhard Langer, alongside former European Tour Number Ones Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.
The K Club’s Arnold Palmer-designed course is a beast at nearly 7,350 yards and is a true test of risk and reward golf as the field will have to contend with the River Liffey, which is a feature on a number of holes, and swirling winds.
The course was opened in 1991 and, in the build-up to Europe’s famous Ryder Cup win ten years ago, Paul McGinley said that ‘the course has matured with age, much like a fine wine’.
A complimentary bus service between Maynooth Train Station and The K Club will operate throughout the tournament.
The complimentary service will meet passengers arriving on trains from Dublin Connolly from 06.50am to 1.30am and transport them to the event, returning every half hour from The K Club to Maynooth Station from 3pm to 6pm.
Spectators arriving at Maynooth Station should follow the directional signage to board the buses which will be waiting on the R406 near the station entrance. Spectators returning to Maynooth Station from the K Club should return to the South Entrance Bus Stop at The K Club.
It's set to be wet and spectators have been advised to prepare for typical Irish weather.
Gates open 7am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They close at 7pm on Wednesday and 8.30pm on Thursday and Friday. Over the weekend gates open at 7.30am closing 8.30pm on Saturday and 8pm Sunday.
Cameras are permitted ONLY on Practice Days – Wednesday. Cameras are NOT permitted on Match Days – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Although mobile phones are permitted on all five days of the event, the use of the camera facility is as per the above.
Spectators are prohibited from using mobile phones whilst on the golf course. Mobile Phones can only be used in The Championship Village. Mobile Phone Zones will be signposted accordingly.
Mobile devices are permitted but must be on silent. Calls are only permitted in designated “MOBILE PHONES ZONES”. Data use is permitted outside these areas but please be respectful to the players and spectators around you. No video recording permitted at any time. No photographs permitted during competition round (i.e. after Wednesday). Violation may result in the confiscation of your mobile device or removal from the tournament.
The following items are prohibited from being taken beyond ticket and security checkpoints or into the venue; cameras on Match Days; ladders; picnic baskets; briefcases; portable TVs; pushchairs; bicycles; deckchairs; audible pagers and banners.
Søren Kjeldsen - defending champion
Miguel Angel Jiménez
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Jaco Van Zyl
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