Poland's Adrian Meronk on brink of history at Irish Open on DP World Tour

Poland's Adrian Meronk tees up chance for history on the DP World Tour at the Horizon Irish Open.

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Sat, 2 Jul 2022
Poland's Adrian Meronk on brink of history at Irish Open on DP World Tour

Adrian Meronk is looking to become the first Polish golfer to win on the DP World Tour at the Horizon Irish Open.

Meronk already has three top-3 finishes this season and he carded a third round of 68 at Mount Juliet to take a narrow lead going into the final round.

The 29-year-old, who stands at 6ft 6ins, finds himself at 14-under par with a one stroke advantage after three rounds over England’s Jack Senior, Spains Jorge Campillo and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti.

The 2020 winner of this event, John Catlin, is another stroke behind following a round of 65.

Meronk’s round contained three bogeys and seven birdies.

Staggeringly, Meronk holed a total of 143 feet in holed putts during his third round. He admitted he was happy with his round and “can’t wait” for the final round.

"I'll just stay patient, try not to get ahead of myself, play my strategy and focus on my targets and I hope that will be enough,” he said.

"I've been working on my commitment before every shot the last couple of weeks and it seems like it's working pretty well so I'll just keep doing that and we'll see what happens."

Meronk is already assured a place in the 150th Open Championship later this month at St. Andrews.

England’s Senior, 33, is yet to qualify and is looking to claim one of the three places on offer.

Senior told the DP World Tour: “I'm feeling pretty confident I felt like I hit the ball really well today and just really capitalised on the chances that I gave myself.

“I felt like my putting has been trending in the right direction but not really holing anything and it was nice to see them go in today."

The defending champion of the Irish Open is Lucas Herbert. He is three shots off the lead.

Shane Lowry, who made a birdie at his 36th hole to make the cut, is at 7-under par and will need a ridiculously low round to contend.

Ireland’s Seamus Power is also seven shots off the pace.

The Horizon Irish Open is being played in a contentious week in the golf work, after the DP World Tour announced sanctions for members who participated in the first LIV Golf event at Centurion.

Check out Sergio Garcia’s reaction to that news here.

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