PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland — Jon Rahm shot a second straight 5-under 67 at the Irish Open and moved into a share of the lead with Daniel Im in the third round on Saturday.
On a day of good scoring over the links at Portstewart Golf Club, the 11th-ranked Rahm moved to 17 under par overall after making four consecutive birdies from No. 11 and parring his way home.
Im, a 542nd-ranked American who was tied for the lead with Benjamin Hebert after the first two rounds, birdied five of his opening 14 holes and scrambled superbly at the end to shoot a 68 and stay alongside Rahm. Hebert is a stroke behind after shooting 69.
Rahm, one of golf's hottest talents, tied for 10th at the French Open last week in the Spaniard's first appearance on the European Tour and looks in good shape to collect his second victory of 2017, after the Farmers Insurance Open on the U.S. PGA Tour in January.
"The Irish crowd have decided to support me like I was one of their own." - Jon Rahm talking to RTE Sport pic.twitter.com/4rK9cm8IsO— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) July 8, 2017
The No. 2-ranked Hideki Matsuyama dropped into a tie for 22nd after a 72.
Julien Quesne and Scott Hend both shot 64s for the lowest round of the day and are fifth and sixth, respectively.
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