Robert Rock is on a roll with a record low of 60 at Irish Open

Robert Rock is on a roll with a record low of 60 as coach to European Tour stars moves into lead at Irish Open

  • Robert Rock made history with his third-round score of 60 at the Irish Open
  • Rock is a coach to a number of players on the European Tour but could beat them
  • He hit a new course record at Lahinch and the lowest round ever for this event

Robert Rock might be better known these days as a coach to a number of players on the European Tour, including Matt Wallace.

But the 42-year-old Englishman has the chance to upstage all of them on Sunday after creating a moment of history with a stunning third-round 60 in front of a capacity crowd at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Not only was it a new course record at Lahinch, it was the lowest round ever seen at this event, first staged in 1927.

Robert Rock made history with his third-round score of 60 at the Irish Open on Saturday

He hit a new course record at Lahinch and the lowest round ever for the competition

Rock is a coach to a number of players on the European Tour but could beat them on Sunday

Seven years after he defeated Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy down the stretch at the Abu Dhabi Championship, Rock has the chance to return to the winner’s circle — and claim a spot in the Open at Royal Portrush in 11 days into the bargain.

The Midlander actually stood over a 20ft putt on the 18th green to become only the second man ever to shoot a 59 on the European Tour, following fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher’s feat in Portugal last year. ‘It’s my best-ever score so I can’t be too upset,’ Rock said.

Rock currently has a one-shot advantage over both Eddie Pepperell and Rafa Cabrera-Bello

‘Now I have the chance to turn my season around, because it’s been rubbish to this point.’

He will begin Sunday’s final round with a one-shot advantage over Eddie Pepperell and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.




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