Wednesday 17 January 2018

'I won't turn pro before Walker Cup'

Ireland's Paul Dunne during the Final Round of the British Open 2015
Ireland's Paul Dunne during the Final Round of the British Open 2015 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Despite his outstanding performance at the British Open, Paul Dunne insists he has no plans to turn professional until after the Walker Cup.

The 22-year-old Greystones amateur, joint-leader at St Andrews heading into the final round, is sticking with his original plans despite a remarkable weekend in the spotlight.

"Still for me the plan is to play Walker Cup in September and then turn pro the next day, just as I had planned to before," he said on 2FM's Game On programme last night.

"And then hopefully get through Q-school and get some invites and hopefully get my Tour card by winning enough money."

Dunne admits spending a weekend at the centre of attention came with some complications.

"I went from 1,100 (followers on Twitter) to 23,000, so I went up a little bit," he said. "I just had to turn the notifications off my phone or otherwise I wouldn't be going to sleep at night.

"The attention I got as the week went on I wasn't expecting."

Elsewhere, after just one round of the Omega European Masters, Michael Hoey has already guaranteed that he won't be leaving Switzerland empty-handed.

The 36-year-old won a life insurance policy worth 30,000 Swiss francs (€28,500) for his hole-in-one at the par-three third on his way to an five-under-par 65 at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Hoey is in tied third place, two-shots off the lead held by France's Gregory Havret. Peter Lawrie is two shots back on three-under after a steady 67, while Damien McGrane carded a three-over-par 73.

Irish Independent

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