Sunday 20 October 2019

'Hopefully I can make the most of it' - Paul Dunne in a share of the lead in the Dominican Republic

Paul Dunne. Photo: Getty Images
Paul Dunne. Photo: Getty Images
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Ireland's Paul Dunne claimed a share of the lead after the first round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Dunne, who finished joint fifth in the Dominican Republic last year, carded eight birdies and two bogeys in an opening 66 to join Matt Jones and Joel Dahmen at the top of the leaderboard on six under par.

Despite finishing third in the ISPS Handa World Super 6 earlier this year, Dunne told the PGA Tour website: "It's been fairly average. Things are starting to get better, I'm starting to get back in the swing of tournaments.

"It's nice to fill the gap here with a great event and hopefully I can make the most of it. I feel comfortable here.

"The couple of loose tee shots I normally hit in a round I can get away with here, so it plays to my strength a little bit. The breeze blowing for the week is nice, we're used to that."

Korea's Sungjae Im, who is the top-ranked player in the field, is a shot off the lead after a 67, while England's Brian Davis carded a two-under-par 70 and former US Open champion Graeme McDowell struggled to a 73.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, playing in the event for the second year in succession, is seven over par following a 79.

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