Wednesday 18 July 2018

'He's Irish' - BBC commentator jokes with viewers after backlash to 'British' Paul Dunne comment

Ireland's Paul Dunne
Ireland's Paul Dunne

Golf commentator Mark James joked with viewers that he only called Irish amateur Paul Dunne British as they like to be "inclusive" on the BBC.

The overnight co-leader at the Open has been the story of the weekend, with his stunning opening three rounds putting the Greystones native in contention for a famous Major victory, with Padraig Harrington also pushing for his third Claret Jug.

After last week describing Conor McGregor as British, the BBC repeated the trick yesterday when James made the following comment.

“We saw Eddie Pepperell come to grief here… so let's not have anymore British out of bounds,” he said.

Read more: BBC tries to claim Irish golfer Paul Dunne as 'British'

The comment was widely picked up on social media and today James addressed the issue, confirming that the high-flying amateur is indeed Irish.

"I called him British and someone took exception - he's Irish," he joked.

"But we like to be inclusive on the BBC."

Read more: Video: 'Perhaps he likes older women' - Peter Alliss made a strange comment about Paul Dunne

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