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Ireland’s Paul Dunne Close To Securing First European Tour Title

RABAT, MOROCCO - APRIL 15: Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam on April 15, 2017 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Irish golfer Paul Dunne will take a two-shot lead into the final round at the Trophee Hassan II on Sunday.

The 24-year-old is closing in on his first European Tour win in Rabat, in what would be his finest achievement since turning professional in 2015.

Dunne carded a 69 on Saturday to put himself in pole position on Saturday and while he is taking nothing for granted, he says he feels more ready to win a European Tour title than ever before, telling Sky Sports:

“I’ve been playing well recently and haven’t played a tournament in four weeks with the break we had, so it felt like it took me a while to get going with my swing.

“But today it was a much easier round than the last couple of days. I didn’t putt as well as I did yesterday, but I hit the ball a lot better so am really pleased.”

RABAT, MOROCCO - APRIL 15:  Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam on April 15, 2017 in Rabat, Morocco.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Dunne first came to prominence in 2015 when he held joint-lead at the third round of the Open at St. Andrew’s, the first amateur in almost a century to have a share of the lead in almost a century.

While he hopes that experience will help him, he is simply focusing on short-term targets for the final day and not looking at the overall leaderboard until his own round is finished:

“I’m not going to say I’m going to win tomorrow, but I feel like I’m more ready to win than I was then. I feel like it’s something I should do rather than make the end to a great story.

“If I break 70 again I think it’s going to be hard for someone to catch me so I’m just going to try to do that.”

RABAT, MOROCCO - APRIL 15:  Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam on April 15, 2017 in Rabat, Morocco.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Dunne takes a two-stroke lead into the final round ahead of Italian Renato Paratore, though the Italian is was on top form in the penultimate day, setting a course record of 66 to launch himself right into the mix.

Author: The PA Team

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