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Paul Dunne Holds Off Rory McIlroy To Win The British Masters

Paul Dunne claimed his first professional win at the Close House Golf Club in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Wicklow man burst onto the scene in 2015, when he led the Open Championship after the third round as an amateur. He would only finish 30th in the end, but his first win comes just two years after, and a few clicks south of St. Andrews where he made his presence known.

Dunne had a decent season to date, with three top tens rounded off by a playoff loss to Edoardo Molinari at the Tropheé Hassan II in Morocco.

Having made four straight cuts, the 24-year-old entered the British Masters with some confidence; confidence that helped fire him to a three-shot victory over Rory McIlroy at 20-under-par.

Dunne was in contention throughout, as his opening round 66 kept him just three shots off the lead. A quiet 68 on Friday did leave him six strokes off the pace, but a 65 on moving day saw him just a shot off leader and former Ryder Cup star Robert Karlsson.

Contenders such as Tyrrell Hatton and Richie Ramsay fell away on a busy Sunday, as a magnificent, bogey-free 9-under round of 61 fired Paul Dunne to his best result to date.

Shots like this helped him along the way.

However, he saved the best for last as the round culminated in this majestic hole-out on the last.

The win earns him a cool £500,000. Well earned.

Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.

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