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Australian left-hander Richard Green out in front


Richard Green watches his drive from the 9th tee

Richard Green watches his drive from the 9th tee

Richard Green watches his drive from the 9th tee

Australian left-hander Richard Green led the Irish Open on his own when he sank a four-foot birdie putt on the second hole of his final round at Killarney today.

Green had been part of a three-way tie overnight with England's David Howell and Simon Dyson, but while Dyson parred the first three holes, Howell hit his opening drive onto the beach by Lough Leane and, after taking a penalty drop, bogeyed.

It put the former Ryder Cup star, only 282nd in the world now, in third place with Scot Stephen Gallacher and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, while defending champion Ross Fisher was on the same 10 under par mark following birdies at the second and third but a bogey at the next.

Fisher could be excused for having his mind elsewhere. His baby son Harry, with him in Ireland, was taken to hospital yesterday after falling ill and was kept in overnight for observation.

Green bogeyed the fourth, but was back in sole possession of top spot after a two at the 211-yard sixth.

He was 12 under, with Dyson and Wiesberger one behind and then Howell two back with Fisher, Spain's Ignacio Garrido and Dane Soren Hansen.

Green also birdied the seventh and ninth to turn in 32, but he was caught when Dyson, out in 34 after grabbing his first birdie of the day on the eighth, started for home with two more.

On 14 under they were two in front of Howell, who birdied the ninth and 10th as the action hotted up.

Dyson's burst came to an end when he missed a six-foot birdie putt on the 12th, but worse was to come when he three-putted the next, lipping out from four feet.

It left Green with a one-shot advantage again as he started for home with three pars in a row.

It looked between them, though, as the best of the rest were two further back.