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Thursday 19 October 2017

Paul Dunne edges closer to a very lucrative European Tour perk after spectacular British Masters win

Golf - European Tour - British Masters - Close House, Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain - October 1, 2017 Ireland's Paul Dunne celebrates after chipping in on the 18th during the final round to win the British Masters Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
Golf - European Tour - British Masters - Close House, Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain - October 1, 2017 Ireland's Paul Dunne celebrates after chipping in on the 18th during the final round to win the British Masters Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

After a couple of near misses, Paul Dunne finally secured his maiden European Tour victory yesterday after a powerful finish at the British Masters.

Dunne chipped in at the 18th hole to finish three shots clear of Rory McIlroy, with Shane Lowry finishing in seventh in what was a strong day for the Irish.

As a result of the big win, Dunne captured the biggest cheque of his career of over €500,000, which also edges him closer to netting another big payday.

Dunne's win earned him 1,296,408 points in the Race Dubai, vaulting him from 34th to 12th in the overall rankings.

If Dunne can force his way into the top ten by the season's end - after the DP World Tour Championship in November - then he will share in the Race to Dubai Bonus Pool.

Even if he just nabs 10th spot on the list, Dunne would earn an extra €210,000, with each higher spot bringing with it an extra €20,000.

There are seven events left this season on the European Tour (including the finale in Dubai), and with Dunne currently less than 200,000 points behind 10th place Bernd Wiesberger, there is plenty left to play for as the 24-year-old savours his first win.

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