Difficult start for amateur Paul Dunne on final round at the Open
Irish amateur Paul Dunne suffered a nightmare start to the final round of the 144th Open on Monday, but could count himself lucky not to have completely ruined his chances of a famous victory.
The first amateur since Bobby Jones in 1927 to lead the Open after 54 holes, Dunne mis-hit his second shot to the opening hole so badly that it came up short of the famous Swilcan Burn in front of the green.
The 22-year-old managed a wry smile but was unable to save his par and things went from bad to worse on the next, where he hit a wild drive and two provisional balls into the gorse.
Fortunately his first drive was so far off line that it ended up on the practice chipping green, from where he was required to take a free drop, and after coming up short of the green with his second he chipped to 10 feet and missed the par attempt.
To his credit, Dunne bounced back immediately with a birdie from five feet on the third, but at 11 under par was three off the lead shared by former Masters champion Zach Johnson and Adam Scott, who had both covered the front nine in 31.