Paul Dunne has secured his maiden PGA European Tour win at the British Masters at Close House. A final round 61 left him with an impressive overall score of 20 under par, seeing off 2nd placed Rory McIlroy who finished three shots behind.
The British Masters was Dunne’s 51st appearance on the European Tour, and a 51st Irish victory on the Tour. The win earns him £500,000.
Ahead of this competition, Dunne was 34th in the latest Race to Dubai standings and ranked 192nd in the world, this win will mean a substantial rise in both standings. This also gives him an exemption on the European Tour for the next two years.
The 24-year-old rose to prominence at the 2015 British Open Championship, where playing as an amateur he was tied for the lead after three rounds. He was the first amateur to do so since 1927.
“I’ve come close before so it’s nice to get the demon off my back. The highlight of my round was I think the putt I made on the 17th to make a birdie. Once I holed that I knew it was pretty much mine.”, said Dunne.
Ryder Cup vice-captain Robert Karlsson, who began the day with a one-shot lead, finished third on 16 under with Graeme Storm, David Lingmerth and Florian Fritsch on 14 under.