Padraig Harrington's Irish Open hopes gone with the wind after nightmare third round
Padraig Harrington's hopes of a second Irish Open success were dashed at a blustery Royal County Down as Dane Soren Kjeldesen soared to the top of the leaderboard.
Starting the day at, the three-time Major winner Harrington had hoped to apply pressure on the leaders, but dropped seven shots, including three in a row in the final four holes, to finish the day 13 shots behind the leader.
German Maximilian Kieffer shot a course record 65, but along with Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello trails Kjeldesn by three shots after another scintillating round from the 40-year-old Dane.
It was a disappointing day for Irish challengers, with Shane Lowry and Paul McGinley shooting level round scores to remain at +3 and +4 respectively.
Graeme McDowell shot an impressive 69 to move up to three over heading into the final day of action while Sean Thornton (+5) and Darren Clarke (+6) will not be mounting a challenge tomorrow with Kjeldsen the man to beat.