Sep 30th, 2017
Paul Dunne shoots 61 to win British Masters
As Rory McIlroy tears it up with a seven under
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What an incredible finish at the British Masters, as Ireland's Paul Dunne holes out on 18 to take a three shot victory with a 61!
Paul Dunne was officially on fire today at Close House, as he produced the low round of the week when he absolutley needed it. He was out in 30, with three birdies and an eagle on the par five 6th.
He birdied again on the 11th and 13th, and then finished with two more birdies on the 17th and 18th, where he holed out his chip from off the green.
Watch Paul Dunne's magical chip in to win the 2017 British Masters
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And he needed to be on fire, because a certain Rory McIlroy was also blazing it up today. He started slowly with par golf through the first five holes, but then he rattled off three birdies in a row, to make the turn in 32.
He dropped a shot on the par four 11th, but quickly rebounded with another burst of three birdies on the trot. He had birdies again on the 16th and 17th, but could only par the last to card a 63 for second place.
Dunne had looked to be cruising to victory before McIlroy birdied five of his last seven holes to get to 17 under.
Dunne had a one-shot lead with two to play but a birdie on the 17th eased the pressure and the 24 year old chipped in on the last for a 20 under par total and a three-shot victory for his maiden win on the European Tour.
McIlroy shot 64 yesterday, so it's great to see him find his form at last, albeit so late in the season. But he made a great contribution to an amazing British Masters. We need a sponsor to come in and back what, under Lee Westwood's attentive eye, has been a brilliant tournament with a stellar field.
Robert Karlsson finished in third, one shot back from Rory, whilst three players were T4 - Florian Fritsch, David Lingmerth, who shot a 62 yesterday, and Graeme Storm.
Tyrrell Hatton, an overnight leader with Robert Karlsson, could only post a one under 69, and finished T8 on 12 under, a whole eight shots behind the outright winner, Paul Dunne.