'I'm just glad it's over' - Paul Dunne caps memorable year by securing European Tour card
Greystones' Paul Dunne will ply his trade as a professional golfer on the European Tour in 2016.
Dunne, who held the 54-hole lead at the Open Championship at St Andrews this year and helped lead Great Britain and Ireland to victory over the USA in the Walker Cup, carded a level-par round of 72 in the final round of this week's Qualifying School in Spain to finish the tournament on 10-under par and comfortably inside the Top 25 and ties who will earn a place on next year's Tour.
There was real disappointment for the other three Irishmen involved as in Catalunya as Damien McGrane, Simon Thornton and Kevin Phelan finished outside the Top 25.
Dunne was the only Irish golfer out of 34 who tried to win a spot on the Tour.
Speaking on Game On on 2FM, Dunne said: ""I'm wrecked, The first five rounds weren't too bad but today was quite stressful from start-to-finish trying to get over the line.
"It's great, it's been a long few months trying to get through and I'm just glad it's over.
"All I had to do was finish in the Top 20 in three tournaments in a row, when you break it down and put it in simpler terms like that, it seems a lot more achievable.
"I knew if I played well for three weeks, I'd be through."
His compatriot Shane Lowry was among the first to congratulate Dunne:
Great stuff from @dunners11 this week to get his card at Tour School. Always great to have as many paddies on tour as we can— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) November 19, 2015
Q-School anyone? @dunners11 played 258 holes in -32. S1 70 69 69 70 (-10); S2 70 66 71 67 (-10 + 6 extra -2); Finals 71 68 70 68 69 72 (-10)— Brian Keogh (@IrishGolfDesk) November 19, 2015