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'Golf's the only sport where if you don't perform, you don't get paid' - Paul Dunne and the fight to reignite career

The Big Interview: Paul Dunne

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Paul Dunne hopes to start his road to redemption at the British Masters next week which he won in 2017. Photo: INPHO

Paul Dunne hopes to start his road to redemption at the British Masters next week which he won in 2017. Photo: INPHO

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Paul Dunne hopes to start his road to redemption at the British Masters next week which he won in 2017. Photo: INPHO

In a profession where privilege and paranoia collide relentlessly, Paul Dunne understands how easily fear can become your only strategy.

He sees the awful blackness some people sink into, the golfers with snakes in their heads, withdrawing inward while the figures tighten around them like a noose. As he heads to the scene of his greatest triumph, Dunne admits that he has no way of knowing what he will find next week at Close House.

For now, the British Masters - which he won so spectacularly there in 2017 - is the only tournament nailed down on his schedule. Having lost his European Tour card last year, he is well down the list of priority invitees.