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Open qualifier Paul Dunne reveals tee-time worry

Updated: Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 13:32 | Comments

Paul Dunne: 'It feels great to be honest. It was brilliant to get through it.'
Paul Dunne: 'It feels great to be honest. It was brilliant to get through it.'

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Irish amateur Paul Dunne has revealed how close he came to blowing his chance at qualifying for this month’s Open Championship.

The 21-year-old Greystones man will join Pádraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry in the field at Hoylake later this month after taking one of the three spots available at Woburn qualifying on Tuesday.

But he almost missed his shot after arriving at the opening tee with a minute to spare.

Dunne told RTÉ Sport: "It's not like I slept in and got to the course late. I was at the course in plenty of time. I'd warmed up, I'd hit balls, hit some putts.

"I had an 8.15 tee-time and I knew there was a shuttle service from the clubhouse to the 10th tee so I arrived at the clubhouse at about 8 o'clock but I didn't realise that the shuttle to the 10th tee took ten minutes.

"And then when I got there at 8, the shuttle didn't come for five minutes. And then I asked them how long does it take to get there and they said 10 minutes so that's when I started to sweat a little bit.

"But luckily when I got out of the van there was a starter looking at the van asking if there was a Paul Dunne there, so I was lucky to get there at 8.14 and get going."

The Open will be Dunne's first major competition and he admitted that his achievement has yet to sink in.

"It feels great to be honest. It was brilliant to get through it. I haven't really had time to think about it, I've just been so busy and now I’m getting ready for the European Championships in Finland next week, so it hasn't sunk in," he said.

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