Robert Rock shoots 60 at the Irish Open

London: from England Robert Rock Carded a record round of the 60 course on Saturday to boost its Irish Open title offer in Lahinch.

Rock needed to water hole 18 of par five to shoot the second 59 in European tour history. But he almost lost from 30 feet, instead of settling for his sixth successive birdie.

His round eclipsed the course record of 63 set by Padraig Harrington in the first round on Thursday.

At 13 under par, Rock, who lost in a play-off to Shane Lowry in the Irish Open in 2009 but took home the first prize as his opponent was still an amateur, enjoyed a four-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Bernd Wiesberger .

It was a fun day. The ending was a little too much, said Rock.

I sunk a really long putt on the 17th and it was only when I was walking towards the second shot on the 18th and checked the pair (of the course) that I realized it was an eagle for the 59th.

It's disappointing not to have done it, but 60 is a great score and I've played it this season, so it's good to play better.