Sunday 28 May 2017

Irish eyes smiling as amateur Paul Dunne ties for Open lead

Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland celebrates a birdie on the 9th green during the third round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course
Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland celebrates a birdie on the 9th green during the third round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course

David Kearns

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. 

19/7/15 Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland. Picture:Arthur Carron
19/7/15 Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland. Picture:Arthur Carron
19/7/15 Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland. Picture:Arthur Carron
19/7/15 Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland. Picture:Arthur Carron
19/7/15 Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland. Picture:Arthur Carron
19/7/15 Members of the Greystones Golf club watching Paul Dunne taking part in the Open in Scotland. Picture:Arthur Carron
Paul Dunne tees off 17 during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews

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.

Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews,
Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews,

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