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BBC tries to claim Irish golfer Paul Dunne as 'British'

David Kearns

Published 19/07/2015 | 20:43

Paul Dunne of Ireland (L) shakes hands with Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa on the 18th green during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 19, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Paul Dunne of Ireland (L) shakes hands with Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa on the 18th green during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 19, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland celebrates a birdie on the 9th green during the third round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course
Ireland's Paul Dunne is in Open title contention

The BBC have done it again, last week it was Conor McGregor, now it's Paul Dunne – the Irish amateur who has stunned the golf world by leading the British Open going into the final day.

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The Irish amateur has not even won the tournament yet and already British sports pundits are trying to claim him as one of their own.

Ireland's latest sporting hero was lining up to take his tee shot on the 17th hole in St Andrew's after two British golfers hit out of bounds shortly beforehand, when Mark James commented that he did not want to see another British player hit three off the tee.

“We saw Eddie Pepperell come to grief here… so lets not have anymore British out of bounds,” he said.

The Irishman has become the best story of the British Open, playing a steady game that has put him in the position to attempt to become the first amateur to win the tournament since Bobby Jones in 1930.

He picked up shots at the 1st, 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 15th to storm into the lead, before Australia’s Jason Day and playing partner and 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen later joined him.

Tomorrow will see him in the mix to win the greatest prize in the game, the Claret Jug.

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