McIlroy leads weather-hit Irish Open

Rory McIlroy leads Masters champion Danny Willett by three shots after ending a weather-interrupted day three of the Irish Open on nine under par.Both players had completed 15 holes of their third rounds at the K Club when the action was suspended at 8:30 pm because of poor light and conditions.

Play had been halted twice earlier in the day because of a risk of lightning and thunderstorms.

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 glory at his home tournament, which is supported by his charity, The Rory Foundation.

McIlroy waits on a tee box during his round today.
McIlroy waits on a tee box during his round today.

Trailing by one after day two, the Northern Irishman found himself at the head of the field after holing for a birdie at the fourth, as overnight leaders Willett and Marc Warren both faltered.Four-time major winner McIlroy led Willett by two shots when proceedings were delayed for the first time at 3:25 pm, and extended his advantage on the resumption of play almost two and a half hours later, birding the 10th.

The third round was suspended again after just 40 minutes of play at 6:25, before re-commencing at 7:55 for a final 35 minutes out on the course.

McIlroy ended the day as the only player in the field without a bogey on his card, with nearest challenger Willett dropping three shots in his 15 holes, while carding a single birdie at the fourth.Scotland’s Russell Knox is the clubhouse leader on five under after shooting a two-under 70, with South African Richard Sterne also five under after 14 holes.

The third round will re-start at 7:30 am on Sunday, before the final round gets underway.

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