Lahinch GC, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland 04 Jul 2019 - 07 Jul 2019
Saturday, 06 July 2019
Rafa Cabrera Bello  (Getty Images)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (Getty Images)

Rafa Cabrera Bello will be looking to use all his links prowess when he goes in search of a second Rolex Series title in the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Spaniard's other Rolex Series victory also came over links two years ago in Scotland, the week before he finished in the top five at The Open Championship.

He will head into Sunday at Lahinch Golf Club just one shot off the lead after a third round 63 and is relishing the chance to chase down Robert Rock on golfing terrain he considers truly special.

"I really like links golf," he said. "I enjoy playing it, even with bad weather, I do embrace the challenge. 

"The fact that golf was invented on links, that's special for me.

"The fact that there's not just one way to play the course or every hole. You almost have a new, different course every single day and it brings out all your imagination around the greens. 

"I really enjoy that and maybe it helps me focus more and perhaps that's why I play all right around here."

The 2016 Ryder Cup star birdied the fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth, tenth and 12th in round three but bogeys on the second and sixth meant Rock's clubhouse lead after a stunning 60 remained at four shots.

An up-and-down on the 13th trimmed it and Cabrera Bello then put his tee shot at the par three 16th to 12 feet before getting up and down again on the last for a closing birdie.

The fact that golf was invented on links, that's special for me - Rafa Cabrera Bello

"Great moving day," he said. "I felt I played really good, especially around the greens. I made some really, really nice up-and-downs, including the one on 18, and I think that's what really made the difference from a good round that it would have been to a really good one.

"When you're chasing, you always want to go and have a good one but you have to understand that it doesn't always happen and really, what I just tried to do today, is just play one shot at a time and forget the score. 

"I didn't know how many under I was until I signed my scorecard so I'm very proud that I managed to do that. A lot of times you're looking more at the leaderboard and doing some silly maths that means nothing and get distracted.

"Today I just stayed calm, I stayed focused, played one shot at a time. I still made some mistakes but my short game was very nice today."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1RAHM, JonESP18-16
T4ROCK, RobertENG18-13

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