Irish Open: Joost Luiten to remain focused in final round at Carton House
Joost Luiten insists he will be focusing solely on his own game in the final round of the Irish Open at Carton House.
Last Updated: 30/06/13 12:37pm
The 27-year-old Dutchman, who won the Lyoness Open in Austria earlier this month, holds a one-shot lead after shooting a six-under 66 in the third round to move to 13-under 203.
"I don't really care who is behind me, as long as they stay behind me," Luiten said. "You still have to go out and make some birdies, be patient and take it one shot at a time.
"It's always good to have a win under your belt. You can go a little bit more for the win. You have nothing to lose so that's how I am going to go out tomorrow.
"I've been working on my swing for a long time and am finally fully fit after a shoulder problem which meant I couldn't practise as much on the range. It has been good for a couple of months and feels really good now."
Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, who also carded a flawless 66, is Luiten's nearest pursuer on 12 under, with Englishman Robert Rock two shots further back in third.
Larrazabal, who has not tasted victory since 2011, said: "I tried to push and make birdies and that's what I did on the front nine.
"I love to play in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, they are the best crowds in the world. When you're playing well it's a pleasure to be playing this game."
Rock said: "I was keeping pace for most of the day, but a bogey, par finish is not really what you need.
"I would have liked to have played my way into the final group, but they set a good pace. They deserve that position. I'll have to play a bit better tomorrow."
Englishman Paul Casey, whose last win was also in 2011, is only four shots off the lead after a 67 and is hopeful of ending his victory drought.
"I'm ecstatic moving up the leaderboard and it's given myself a chance," the 35-year-old said.
"I feel I have a chance to win this week and it might take something very low tomorrow, but if I keep playing the way I'm playing, there's no reason why I can't throw in a low number."