The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open goes to Lucas Herbert who, with a total of 269 (64 67 70 68, -19) strokes, in Ireland celebrates his second career title on the European Tour after a great tournament that saw him in the lead from start to finish. In County Kilkenny there are great regrets for Francesco Laporta. A double bogey at the 72nd and last hole of the competition “condemns” the Apulian who closes 4 / o with 274 (68 69 68 68, -14) and wastes the chance to qualify for The Open, the last male Major of 2021 scheduled from 15 to July 18 in Sandwich, Kent (England). There were three passes to play the oldest Grand Slam tournament in golf. And the 30-year-old from Castellana Grotta, who also missed the feat by making 6 consecutive birdies (from 5 to 10) in the last round (with a bogey and a double bogey), stumbled into a very heavy mistake in the very end. Double mockery for “Lapo”, the only blue to have passed the cut.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Lucas Herbert
At the Mount Juliet Estate (par 72) Herbert, after the exploit he signed in January 2020 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, set an encore of successes on the top men’s continental circuit. For him also the possibility of playing The Open after a tournament as a protagonist. In second place, with 272 (-16) was placed the Swede Rikard Karlberg, with Johannes Veerman, 3 / o with 273 (-15).
Rory McIlroy talks after arrival in County Kilkenny yesterday.
“The last time I was on the 18th green here was that prize-giving ceremony. Tiger Woods won and I somehow sneaked my way under the ropes on to the back of the green. I was standing right behind him and his glove was still in his back pocket. I could have reached out and got it and ran, that would have been a good story to tell. Obviously I didn’t. It was the first time I’d seen him play live. I still remember the first shot I saw him hit, the drive at the 5th, a par five. He hit 2-iron into the green. It was so cool. I’d idolised him growing up and to actually see the man in the flesh was pretty exciting.”
“I’d made a bit of a name for myself as an amateur by then and knew Chubby (Chandler) and Darren (Clarke) so I was in the clubhouse and got to chat to Ernie when he won. It’s amazing to think it’s been 17 year. Certainly a lot’s changed for me since the last time I was here. I might as well play the Scottish as well. My original plan up until last week was us to come as a family, play here, take a week off, which is now the Scottish Open, and play the Open. With me being a sports person the restrictions are not as heavy for me as they would be for Erica and Poppy. I felt it wasn’t fair to put them through what they’d have to go through to be here with me. The plans changed very quickly and we made the decision I travel on my own. I wasn’t going to go back to the States for a week inbetween the Irish and the Open, so if I’m here I might as well play the Scottish as well. It went very quickly from them coming, to not coming and then me playing three events in a row! If anything, it’s probably worked out for the best. It’ll be nice to get a tournament on a links course before going into Sandwich. I didn’t play for a week because I was spending time with the family before being away. So I can now get to work here and in Scotland”.