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Watch: Ireland’s Paul Dunne Falls Just Short Of Claiming Maiden European Tour Title

RABAT, MOROCCO - APRIL 16: Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off during the fourth round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam on April 16, 2017 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Greystones native Paul Dunne shot to prominence at the 2015 Open Championship where he famously held the 54-hole lead.

An understandably nervous performance in the final round saw him finish well off the pace of the three-way playoff. Zach Johnson edged Louis Oosthuizen and Mark Leishman that day.

Still only 24, Dunne is still making his way in the professional game and has had a number of good finishes on the European Tour since his breakout moment in St Andrews.

This weekend, at the Trophee Hassan II, played in the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco, the Irishman was in fine form and once again found himself in the lead with 18 to go.

On Sunday, he was far from his best with his magnificent short-game keeping him out in front. He was caught late on by Edoardo Molinari who finished birdie-eagle to grab a one-shot lead.

Dunne managed a tidy four on the last to get into a playoff.

The extra holes started badly for the Wicklow man as he drove his tee shot way right into the trees.

He managed to hack it out but could only find the left rough. His third ended up in the greenside bunker. Molinari was also in trouble, however, and was through the green after three. Dunne played an excellent bunker shot and had about eight feet for his par.

The Italian hit a superb putt from off the green, meaning his opponent had to hole his downhill tester. It rolled just by and the 36-year-old tapped in to take home the title.

It’s tough to take for the young player but with his massive potential, his day will unquestionably come very soon indeed.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.