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Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

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Paul Dunne is an Irish amateur who has done the unthinkable!  

Holding the 54 hole lead in the 144th British Open Championship.  Due to heavy rain, the tournament will have a Monday finish, so if you are reading this at the publishing time of 8 am Eastern Time, please turn on your TV and watch.  This is going to be exciting!  Other contenders are Jason Day (looking to finally breakthrough at a Major) Louis Oosthuizen,(looking to repeat at St. Andrews) Jordan Spieth, (looking for his 3rd Major in a row) Padraig Harrington, (looking for his 3rd Claret Jug), Marc Leishman and Jordan Niebrugge (another amateur looking to make history.)  Hold on tight!  Thanks to the European Tour for the great background info on Paul Dunne.

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Paul Dunne plays an approach on the 4th hole (Getty Images)

Born: November 26, 1992
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 22
Height: 5’ 8.”
Weight: 160lb
Home: Greystone, Ireland
College: University of Alabama

10 things to know about Paul Dunne

1. Qualified for The Open as the winner of the Final Qualifying at Woburn.

With rounds of 70-65, ahead of the likes of Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie. It was the second successive year he has won the Final Qualifier at Woburn.

2. In his one previous Open at Royal Liverpool.

He missed the cut after rounds of 75-73 – 148 (+4)

3. Started playing golf at the age of 10.

And then “properly” since he was 12. Son of Colum and Michelle Dunne has an older brother, David, and a sister, Alison. His brother is a performance nutritionist with Harlequins Rugby, Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, and British Canoe.

4. Graduated from University of Alabama in Business Finance in April.

Graeme McDowell is a fellow University of Alabama alumni and played a practice round with him on Tuesday.

“He hit the ball very well. He’s long, and he’s strong, and he looks like he’s got a very complete game,” McDowell said. “It’s a big day for him out there. I hope he goes and has a great day and kicks on.” – He sure has.

5. His caddie at The Open is UAB golf coach Alan Murray, a fellow Irishman.

Murray was Golf Week’s coach of the year in 2014 after leading UAB to the NCAA Tournament.

Read the other 5 things to know about Paul Dunn here.

Source: European Tour

Pictures: European Tour

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