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Paul Dunne to make PGA Tour debut at Pebble Beach

Brian Keogh

Published 01/01/2016 | 02:30

20 July 2015; Ireland's Paul Dunne during the Final Round of the British Open 2015. Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland. Picture credit:Sportsfile
20 July 2015; Ireland's Paul Dunne during the Final Round of the British Open 2015. Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland. Picture credit:Sportsfile

Open Championship hero Paul Dunne will get his first taste of PGA Tour action in next month's Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

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The 23-year-old from Greystones has landed a precious invitation to tee it up alongside Pádraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and PGA Tour stars such as Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Bubba Watson at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course from February 11-14.

"It's an exciting opportunity for me to play in a world-class field on one of the world's best golf courses," said Dunne, who spent four years in the US playing collegiate golf for the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB).

Dunne has no other PGA Tour invitations lined up and will make his 2016 debut on the European Tour starting with next week's BMW SA Open and the following week's Joburg Open.

While he brilliantly earned his European Tour card at the Qualifying School last November, Dunne's Category 16 card does not guarantee him starts in any of the 'desert swing' events, though he may receive invitations.

Dunne is the only Irish player currently in the BMW SA Open field but he will be joined in the Joburg Open by Peter Lawrie, Kevin Phelan and Ruaidhri McGee.

Irish Independent

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