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Paul Dunne qualifies for Open

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 21:23 | Comments

Paul Dunne carded back-to-back 67s to post a score of 10-under par
Paul Dunne carded back-to-back 67s to post a score of 10-under par

Irish amateur Paul Dunne capped a memorable week by securing a place at the Open at Royal Liverpool after coming through final qualifying.

However, his hopes were nearly ended even before his round had begun.

The 21-year-old, studying at the University of Alabama and a member of the victorious European Collegiate team which won the Palmer Cup against the United States opponents at Walton Heath at the weekend, arrived on the first tee at Woburn with just a minute to spare ahead of his opening round.

If the nerve-racking start had affected him it did not show as he carded back-to-back 67s to post 10 under and claim one of three spots available at each of the four venues hosting qualifying.

"It gave me a bit of a fright. I misjudged the time it would take me to get from the clubhouse out to the 10th tee but fortunately I managed to hit my opening tee shot straight down the middle," said Dunne, from Greystones.

"It has been an incredible couple of days both here and at Walton Heath and it's something I will never forget.

"This is the first time I have ever played in an event like this so I wasn't sure what would be a good score.

"I just decided to press and see what happened and it turned out very well."

He joins fellow Irish players Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry in the field at Hoylake from 17-20 July.

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