Paul Dunne proved he’s more than a one-hit wonder with a win against a talented field last week at the British Masters. We grew enamored with the Irishman’s phenomenal amateur performance at the 2015 Open Championship where he was tied for the lead going into the final round.
That’s not to say Dunne hasn’t been a solid player since turning professional, but this first win could be a springboard for bigger things to come.
He’s been unmatched on the greens this year on the European Tour: first in one-putts average (6.04), first in putts per round (28.1) and first in putts per green in regulation (1.71).
When the rest of his game even sniffs his consistent productivity around the greens, the 24-year-old can be scary good. Exhibit A: His nine-under 61 on Sunday to fend off Rory McIlroy by three at the British Masters.
Dunne has now made five cuts in a row, including T14s at the KLM Open and Made in Denmark and a trip to the Paul Lawrie Match Play round of 16. He also lost to Edoardo Molinari in a playoff at the Trophée Hassan II in April.
Dunne tied for 25th at last year’s Alfred Dunhill Links and tied for 19th in 2015. In other links events this year, he was T54 at the Irish Open and T26 the next week at the Scottish Open.
It’s not easy to play well the week after a win, but Dunne may still have energy to burn as last week was his first start after a week off.