Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dunne rescues round to clinch top-25 finish

Golf

Yesterday’s effort did continue a worrying trend for Dunne however: his failure to post low scores in his final rounds. Photo: Getty
Yesterday’s effort did continue a worrying trend for Dunne however: his failure to post low scores in his final rounds. Photo: Getty

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Paul Dunne recovered from a dire start in his final round to finish in a tie for 21st at the Qatar Masters in Doha yesterday.

The Greystones golfer bogeyed four of his first six holes but turned the tide thereafter to finish with an even-par 72 and on a nine-under par total, seven shots behind winner Jeunghun Wang of South Korea.

Yesterday's effort did continue a worrying trend for Dunne however: his failure to post low scores in his final rounds.

Dunne's 72 yesterday means he has averaged two-over-par for his final rounds in his last four tournaments, which is well off the average of close to three-under-par he has for his other rounds in the same period.

Despite his final-round issues, the 24-year-old has now registered four top-40 finishes and hasn't missed a cut since the Portugal Masters last October.

Dunne pocketed just over €25,000 for his tied-21st finish alongside the likes of Wales's Bradley Dredge, Alex Noren of Sweden and England's Graeme Storm, who won at the BMW South Africa Open two weeks ago.

Graeme McDowell finished just one shot behind Dunne on eight-under after carding a 69 to complete a decent week that was almost led astray by his second-round 75 on Friday.

Wang is on course for a Masters debut after claiming a third European Tour title in just his 29th event by beating Jaco van Zyl and Joakim Lagergren in a play-off.

The trio had finished tied on 16-under par after Wang, who won back-to-back events in Morocco and Mauritius last May, left a birdie putt to win inches short on the 72nd hole.

At 21 years and 144 days old, Wang is the third youngest player to win three events on the European Tour after Matteo Manassero and Seve Ballesteros.

At the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines, Shane Lowry shot a final round 68 to finish the tournament on four-under.

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