Australia’s Lucas Herbert fired a two-under-70 shot on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over American Johannes Veerman goes to the final round of the Irish Open at the Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown.
Overnight leader Herbert, who had a two-stroke lead Andy Sullivan and Grant Forrest In the halfway point, the third round begins with three birdies on the top nine and one immediately after the turn in front of a pair of bogeys.
That blip meant the 25-year-old was 15 for the tournament, allowing Veerman to reduce his lead by a steady round of 67 and looking for a first win in the European Tour.
Herbert said it was a ‘fixed day’.
‘Of course the conditions got quite difficult and everyone definitely tested enough to make the points disappear … I felt I could put some distance between myself and the field and did not.
“I want to reach 20-under as a personal goal. If I can do that, someone should come and catch me and if they do, good luck to them.
“Winning the Irish Open would be really cool, whether it’s wire-to-wire or not. I think it would be really cool to put on your CV that you won the Irish Open.”
South Africa’s Justin Harding also remained in contention with an excellent round of 65 – the lowest on the day – with an eagle on the penultimate hole and his seventh birdie on the 18th for a good day.
He was in third place, three strokes behind Herbert.