Irish eyes smiling as amateur Paul Dunne ties for Open lead
Wicklow amateur Paul Dunne is in a three-way tie for the lead after the third round of the Open Championship at St Andrews.
The Irishman has become the best story of the British Open, playing a steady game that has put him in the position to attempt to become the first amateur to win the tournament since Bobby Jones in 1930.
Starting the day on -6, the 22-year-old played a flawless third round of 66 to take the clubhouse lead at -12 alongside some of the sport's biggest names.
He picked up shots at the 1st, 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 15th to storm into the lead, before Australia’s Jason Day and playing partner and 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen later joined him.
The Greystones golfer started the day with a birdie at the first and picked up three more strokes on the front nine, with a fifth birdie of the day coming at the 10th as he closed on then-leader Danny Willett.
Mr Dunne managed to birdie the 15th and completed a couple of fine escapes to ensure a place in the final group on Monday.
The 22-year-old ended his third round having only dropped two strokes all week, one apiece in his matching opening two rounds of 69.
Tomorrow will see him in the mix to win the greatest prize in the game, the Claret Jug.