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Struggling McIlroy misses the cut again at Irish Open

Jon Rahm avoids penalty for mis-marking ball at Irish Open			Getty Images Jon Rahm avoids penalty for mis-marking ball at Irish Open Getty Images
Spencer Simpson | 10 July, 2017, 00:51

EUROPEAN TOUR DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPENSite: Londonderry, Northern Ireland Course: Portstewart Golf Club (Strand Course). Rahm and Im each carded 17-under through 54 holes. He had to move his marker to get out of the way of playing partner Daniel Im's ball but, when he replaced his ball he did so ahead of the spot instead of alongside it as he had marked it.

It was a minor infraction, but one worthy of a penalty according to the letter of the law. In fact, the biggest danger arrived on the 13th tee in the figure of the Tour's referee Andy McFee.

Kirk played the first five holes in 1 over with a birdie on No. 1 and bogeys on Nos. However, three birdies on the back nine confirmed Rose in the tie for fourth.

Having turned professional only a little over a year ago, Rahm also finished third and second in his first two World Golf Championship events.

Jamie Donaldson, who was tied for 12th after 36 holes, withdrew before his third round because of a pulled muscle in his back.

Rahm and Im were tied for the lead entering the final round. However, as he had done all day, Rahm rallied superbly, dropping another birdie on the 17th.

With the cut always likely to be set at -4 and The Open at Royal Birkdale approaching in a fortnight's time, it seems likely the 29-year-old will have carefully considered his options before electing not to continue at Portstewart.

Im did come up just short, and his costly bogey denied him a place at the British Open, with Drysdale making it instead.

Ruddy himself said afterwards "it's the people that make it so special" and 2018 will showcase to the world not just one of his masterpieces but the famous Donegal hospitality.

All scorecard information per the European Tour official website.

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