Weather causes havoc at Irish Open as Rory McIlroy fails to finish round 6 years ago

Weather causes havoc at Irish Open as Rory McIlroy fails to finish round

It's Ireland, so these things can happen.

But organisers of the Irish Open are set for a frantic final day at the K Club on Sunday.

Advertisement

Rory McIlroy ends day three as the outright leader on nine under, and is three shots clear of Masters Champion Danny Willett.

However, the Ulsterman's day and that of several other players were badly disrupted by weather delays, as a result of thunderstorms that swept across Straffan during Saturday afternoon.

Advertisement

The delays in the mid afternoon stretched into over two hours, and when play did resume just before 8pm, a finish of the third round looked beyond the Irish climate.

By that stage McIlroy had assumed pole position after Willet had found life on the course especially tough, and he is +2 on the resumption of play for Sunday morning.

Advertisement

He didn't card a single bogey, and that is why he on the verge of a very first Irish Open title.

The klaxon sounded on the 16th, as McIlroy was about to tee off. The Down native complained that he was finding it difficult to see amid the gloom, and so organisers decided it was best for everyone to retire to the clubhouse.

Advertisement

The leaderboard now looks like this ahead of Sunday morning.

ll

Click snap