Sunday 22 April 2018

Dunne chases dream

Paul Dunne (Sportsfile)
Paul Dunne (Sportsfile)

Brian Keogh

Paul Dunne is determined to take advantage of an "amazing opportunity" as he continues to chase the American dream this week.

The 23-year old from Greystones, who finished a tied 13th on his PGA Tour debut in the Farmers Insurance Open, tees it up in the $6.5m Waste Management Phoenix Open knowing a win or a second place finish would open the doors to a US career.

A cool $126,000 richer following a wind-blown week at Torrey Pines, Dunne needs another 303 FedEx Cup points to earn Special Temporary Membership of the PGA Tour and unlimited invitations for the rest of the season.

After landing a last-gasp invitation for the world's biggest golfing party at TPC Scottsdale in Phoenix - crowds regularly top 500,000 for the week - Dunne is simply happy to build on the confidence he got by leading The Open for 54 holes last summer.

"The Open gave me a lot of belief in my game that I could do well against the best players in the world," he said.

"I feel like I'm a better putter now than I was back then. I feel like my ball flight is more consistent and I handle myself a little bit better."

Now ranked ahead of Tiger Woods at 425th in the world, the former Walker Cup star is joined in Phoenix by Shane Lowry and three-time Major winner Pádraig Harrington.

Phoenix Open, Live, Sky Sports 4, 8.00pm

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