Saturday 10 December 2016

Golfing world flipped on its head - as pancakes power Paul Dunne to Open lead

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

Ireland's Paul Dunne lines up a putt during day four of The Open Championship 2015 (PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo)
Ireland's Paul Dunne lines up a putt during day four of The Open Championship 2015 (PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo)
Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland. Picture:Arthur Carron
Paul aged 12 at Greystones Golf Club
A ‘post-round meal’ of basil and pine nut pesto chicken by Paul’s nutritionist brother David
Paul holds aloft the trophy after winning the 2013 East of Ireland at Baltray

He is on track to be the first amateur champion at the British Open since 1930.

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And yesterday Paul Dunne's brother revealed some of the everyday secrets of the golfer's success.

Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland Credit: Arthur Carron
Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland Credit: Arthur Carron

It helps that David Dunne is a nutritionist who can keep an eye on Paul's diet, and in an online post yesterday he revealed the recipe for protein pancakes which power Paul around the course.

Several bananas, eggs and protein powder all go into the mix.

David also posted an image of a 'post-round meal' of basil and pine nut pesto chicken and smoked paprika sweet potatoes.

But there will be more than pancakes and potatoes on the menu as Paul returns to Co Wicklow this week as the nation's golfing sensation.

Paul Dunne at the Open in St Andrews
Paul Dunne at the Open in St Andrews

The Greystones man fired in six birdies in a supreme 66 to finish joint top of the leaderboard at St Andrews in Scotland yesterday.

Now he is just 18 holes away from being the first amateur to become champion at the iconic British Open in 85 years.

There was rapturous applause in the clubhouse at Greystones Golf Club yesterday as the 22-year-old slotted home on the 15th to join some of the sport's biggest names on top of the leader board.

"We are not getting ahead of ourselves, but as you can hear we are confident," said club committee member Eddie Lonergan, as he struggled to raise his voice above the cheers.

"Paul is a very good friend of mine. Knowing him, anything is possible. We plan on enjoying the next few days of golf and we will take it from there. But there is certainly a belief that he can pull it off."

Eddie revealed that whether Paul brings home the prized Claret Jug or not, there will be a party to welcome him back to his regular stomping ground.

"There will definitely be a huge celebration when he gets home, we will put on a big event for him.

"He is an integral part of the club. Everyone knows him, he is always here. He helps out with the juniors and is an immensely popular young lad."

He has been a member of Greystones Golf Club for almost all of his life. The former Blackrock College student has set his sights on becoming a pro, says Eddie, with making the Walker Cup team his immediate goal.

"He is a very smart young guy. He is just back from university in America where he did a business finance degree. He whizzed all of his exams and is incredibly capable at anything he puts his hand to, so there is a belief here that he can do this.

"His main goal, when he gets back, will be to make the Walker Cup team and eventually go pro," added Eddie.

If Paul manages to scoop the top prize, he will cement himself in golfing history.

However, his bank balance won't feel the benefit of a stunning victory if it occurs today. The Open rules mean he can't scoop the €1.8m prize because he is an amateur.

Paul has been fine-tuning his swing in Alabama University for the past four years. He played on the school's renowned golf team, following in the footsteps of fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell.

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