Thursday 18 January 2018

Paul Dunne's hot streak continues as he makes scintillating start to Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Ireland's Paul Dunne
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Paul Dunne is a man on a mission.

The Greystones golfer, who won his first European Tour event at the British Masters last week and catapulted himself into the world's top 100, has made a blistering start to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in blustery conditions after carding a five-under-par 67 to share the lead with Nicolas Colsaerts.

The 24-year-old followed up birdies on the third and sixth holes by holing a monster eagle putt on the driveable Par 4 ninth.

Further birdies on the 11th and 14th followed before his solitary bogey on 17.

"Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday flew by. My game still feels good. I stood up at the first and I was still confident in my swing [like I was last week]," Dunne told Sky Sports.

"It takes that little bit of pressure off when you’ve done it once.

"My iron play was good today. It was a disappointing finish but in general all things feel good and life is pretty good at the minute."

Rory McIlroy struggled his way around to a 73 while Gavin Moynihan and Graeme McDowell are in contention at -2.

Padraig Harrington carded a level-par 72.

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