Wednesday 21 February 2018

'I don't care too much about it' - Paul Dunne focusing on his game not the financial windfall

Ireland's Paul Dunne celebrates with the trophy after winning the British Masters
Ireland's Paul Dunne celebrates with the trophy after winning the British Masters Newsdesk Newsdesk

Paul Dunne's victory at the British Masters €565,000 richer and he has earned over €1.6m in prizemoney since turning professional but he insists it's not a distraction.

The Greystones golfer catapulted himself to number 88 in the world with his stunning triumph at Close House and the manner of his victory, shooting 61 on Sunday, has made many sit up and take notice.

At the Open Championship in St Andrews in 2015, the 24-year-old became the first member of the non-paid ranks for 88 years to lead going into the final round the Open Championship.

He turned pro later that year after helping GB and Ireland to success in the Walker Cup and he has been amassing winnings ever since.

Speaking to Off The Ball on Newstalk, Dunne claims that his new-found wealth has not affected him but he's happy that he can afford the things he needs for his game to progress.

"To be honest with you, the money at this point has just become a number. I don't care too much about it," he said.

"Anything I feel like I need, I can get. Especially to help me perform. I can pay my coaches, my caddy and everyone who works for me, my hotels bills without worrying.

"As long as I can do that and be in a good place then I'm not overly worried about it. It's nice to have money to buy nice things here and there. Buy nice things for your family.

"I got lucky after the Open and when I turned pro, I got some great sponsors. Right from the get-go I wasn't worried about money. I knew I had enough to sustain me.

"The money has turned into a points list and I want to finish as high up the points list as I can. They rank that on money.

"It is a strange thing but I almost don't see it as money in my head. I try not to think too much about it."

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