Tuesday 20 February 2018

Open hero Paul Dunne climbs 719 places in latest world rankings

Irish amateur Paul Dunne will turn professional later this year.
Irish amateur Paul Dunne will turn professional later this year.
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Despite slipping down the field during Monday’s final round at St Andrews, Dunne enjoyed an unforgettable week as he made a name for himself on the biggest stage.

In the end, he finished in a tie for 30th on six-under par and his exploits over the extended weekend on the Old Course sees the Greystones amateur climb 719 places to 896th in the latest world rankings.

Rory McIlroy continues to lead the way at the top of the rankings, with Jordan Spieth closing the gap after finished one shot behind the leaders in the American's effort to claim a remarkable third Major of the year.

Read more: Classy Jordan Spieth had a word with Paul Dunne twice after disappointing final round

Shane Lowry (48) and Padraig Harrington (95) are also in the top 100, while Dunne is just 26 places behind Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, now ranked 870th in the world.

After opening three three rounds of 69, 69, 66, Dunne carded a disappointing 78 and admitted he never recovered from the bogey at the par-four second where he drove his first ball so far right that it crossed the spectator pathway and landed on the putting green in front of the New Course clubhouse.

Read more: Andy Lee threatens to knock-out fan who shouted 'potato' as Paul Dunne hit approach shot to 18th hole

"I just never really got settled into the round," he lamented. "I got off to a bit of a rough start and didn't make my score on the front nine and threw away some shots on the back nine.

"I wasn't too bad starting. I just hit three wedge shots fat and one thin. I didn't see those shots in my game or in practice before today.

"I don't think I've done that ever. I don't know where that came from.

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