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Rory McIlroy proving popular draw at Irish Open in Ballyliffin

11 July 2018

Beachlands pro golfer Ryan Fox continued his love affair with the Rolex Series as he fired an opening 67 to take a one-shot lead into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

"It's not often there's value in my game".

Rahm sank four birdies in his first five holes, and after dropping a shot at the seventh, roared back with further gains on the next two holes.

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"As good a start as I can have, really, and hopefully three more rounds and if I can sneak in that top five like a year ago and get an Open spot, that would be great".

With Ballyliffin Golf Club looking picture ideal as it made its Irish Open debut at the fourth Rolex Series event of the season, Fox continued that form to get to five under as he looks to secure a second consecutive appearance at the Open Championship. You sometimes get in a groove, when things just happen and you hit great shots and great putts.

He's four shots ahead of Joakim Lagergren of Sweden and Ryan Fox of New Zealand. "We saw that in the last tournament against Iceland but they are as good players as any, they believe in their coach and their system and should stick to it if they can".

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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.

"It's been a great four years and I'm looking forward to going to Lahinch next year, maybe with not quite as much responsibility".

He added: "I hit the ball the best I've hit it on Thursday and I felt like I sort of kept it up". Van Rooyen began the third round in a three-way tie for the lead, but stormed to the turn in just 29 shots on his way to a superb 6-under-par 66 to finish 14 under.

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"The mindset was just keep going", Johannesburg-born Van Rooyen said.

Rory McIlroy proving popular draw at Irish Open in Ballyliffin