'I won't turn pro before Walker Cup'
Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30
Despite his outstanding performance at the British Open, Paul Dunne insists he has no plans to turn professional until after the Walker Cup.
The 22-year-old Greystones amateur, joint-leader at St Andrews heading into the final round, is sticking with his original plans despite a remarkable weekend in the spotlight.
"Still for me the plan is to play Walker Cup in September and then turn pro the next day, just as I had planned to before," he said on 2FM's Game On programme last night.
"And then hopefully get through Q-school and get some invites and hopefully get my Tour card by winning enough money."
Dunne admits spending a weekend at the centre of attention came with some complications.
"I went from 1,100 (followers on Twitter) to 23,000, so I went up a little bit," he said. "I just had to turn the notifications off my phone or otherwise I wouldn't be going to sleep at night.
"The attention I got as the week went on I wasn't expecting."
Elsewhere, after just one round of the Omega European Masters, Michael Hoey has already guaranteed that he won't be leaving Switzerland empty-handed.
The 36-year-old won a life insurance policy worth 30,000 Swiss francs (€28,500) for his hole-in-one at the par-three third on his way to an five-under-par 65 at Crans-sur-Sierre.
Hoey is in tied third place, two-shots off the lead held by France's Gregory Havret. Peter Lawrie is two shots back on three-under after a steady 67, while Damien McGrane carded a three-over-par 73.