Clarke's out of luck at Portrush
The luck of the Irish was certainly not with Darren Clarke after he threatened to move into contention at Royal Portrush on Saturday.
After a birdie-eagle start to his third round in an Irish Open that means so much to him - Northern Ireland has not hosted it since 1953 - the Open champion ran up a double bogey seven on the long 17th during the worst of the wind and rain.
"We couldn't reach the fairway - it was a 250-yard carry and we were only hitting it 235," said Clarke, giving a wry smile as conditions eased the moment he finished with a 73 for three under.
After finding the left rough his eight-iron second went only 80 yards, his third found a bunker short of the green and then he three-putted.
"That's Royal Portrush. That's links golf. It's much easier now," he added.
"My goal was maybe to finish eight under and I had chances to do it. It was the conditions I wanted and I didn't captialise."
At least the 43-year-old was getting more competitive golf under his belt.
He had not made a cut all year until this week and was returning after a month's absence resting a groin strain.
Clarke also has next week's French Open in Paris before his defence of The Open a fortnight later.