Dunne digs deep to keep US dream alive
Paul Dunne shook off the limpet-like American Robbie Ziegler on the last to move into the second round of the US Amateur Championship in Chicago last night.
The Greystones star, 22, looked by far the more accomplished player on a windy afternoon at Olympia Fields' North Course but had to work hard to make the last 32 with a two-up win.
Having chiselled out a two-up lead with six holes to play, he was hauled back to all square after 15 holes and to hole a five footer at the 16th for a winning par and a three footer at the 17th to stay ahead of the resilient Oregon native.
Ziegler made up for his lack of length with a deadly, cack-handed chipping game and some gutsy putting. Dunne hit the first eight greens in regulation and might have trailed had Ziegler not missed outside chances from around 15 feet at the first, second and third with his anchored putter.
Dunne went one up on the 16th in par, and after Ziegler had kept the match alive by draining a 15-footer to avoid a three-putt bogey at the 17th, he won the last with a par four as he opponent drove into sand. Ziegler conceded on the 18th after he drove into a bunker and then hit the lip.