The kid from Southern Ireland was simply too tough for the kid from Northern Ireland Sunday at the British Masters.
Rory McIlroy’s final round 63 wasn’t good enough to catch Paul Dunne at the Close House Golf Club and the 24-year-old from the Republic of Ireland won for the first time on the European Tour.
Dunne looked nothing like a young player trying for his first victory. All he did was play a perfect round with seven birdies and an eagle that added up to a nine-under par 61 and a 20-under par winning total — three shots clear of McIlroy.
“I feel like I’ve got a bit tougher mentally and I get excited to go out and look at the leaderboard, rather than trying to look at position.
“I went out and really tried to win the tournament rather than have someone hand it to me. That was the focus. Once I was in front, just keep pushing, make no bogeys and see how many birdies I can make. Absolutely thrilled.”