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Saturday, 29 June 2013
Joost Luiten   (Getty Images)
Joost Luiten (Getty Images)
Joost Luiten will take a one shot lead into the final round of The Irish Open as the Dutchman seeks his second win of the month.

Luiten won the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity three weeks and has also finished 11th in Sweden and tenth in Germany during an impressive June.

A flawless six under par 66 took him to 13 under at Carton House, one ahead of Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal and with overnight joint-leader Robert Rock third on ten under.

“It was good to day - a round in this wind with no bogeys is always good,” said the 27 year old, who has two European Tour titles to his name.

“It looks like I’m playing good, playing consistently. I don’t make a lot of silly mistakes, the game feels good.

“I like the course - obviously after three rounds if you’re leading you like it! The key is to stay out of the fairway bunkers.

“It’s always great to go into the last round of the tournament as the leader, but this is The Irish Open and perhaps bigger than some other events.”

Some sumptuous approach play meant Luiten didn’t have to hole a putt longer than ten feet for his six birdies - his longest conversion of the day a 20 foot effort for par at the 12th.

"I don't really care who is behind me, as long as they stay behind me," Luiten added. "You still have to go out and make some birdies, be patient and take it one shot at a time.

"It's always good to have a win under your belt, you can go a little bit more for the win. You have nothing to lose so that's how I am going to go out tomorrow.

"I've been working on my swing for a long time and am finally fully fit after a shoulder problem which meant I couldn't practise as much on the range. It has been good for a couple of months and feels really good now.”

Larrazábal turned in 32, with approaches to five feet at the fourth and ninth the highlights.

Like Luiten, the Spaniard had his irons dialled in and further gains followed after an approach to ten feet at the 13th and six feet at the 15th as he carded a 66.

“I've been playing good,” said the 30 year old. “The last month I didn't play as good as the three months before, so I feel that I'm hitting the ball good, and I have to fight for the tournament. 

“I hope tomorrow I can hit the ball as good as these days and hole as many putts.”

Rock was steady rather than spectacular as he turned in 35 with a solitary birdie on the fifth, but dropped two shots either side of back-to-back gains at the 13th and 14th on the way in to sign for a 71.

England’s Paul Casey and Scotland’s Scot Henry share fourth on nine under, one ahead of a group including former Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal, with halfway joint-leader Peter Uihlein slipping back to seven under after a 74.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CASEY, PaulENG18-14
T2ROCK, RobertENG18-11
T2LUITEN, JoostNED18-11
4LARRAZÁBAL, PabloESP18-9
T5LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-8
T5SHAW, GarethNIR18-8
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