Dunne dead last but looking up after BMW nightmare

Bernie McGuire

Paul Dunne in action (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Paul Dunne looks no closer to ending his miserable run of form after posting horror scores of 80 & 77 for a shock 13-over par total to be lying last in the 131-player BMW PGA Championship field.

Dunne has now missed a ninth cut in 19 events this season including seven in his last nine events going back to May.

The Greystones golfer had saved some face on day one with a pair of closing birdies but no such fortune on day two with Dunne ending his round bogey, bogey, double-bogey and bogey.


“I’ve just done pretty much everything these two days badly,” he said.

“I am not too fussed about it as it’s been a bad week. I feel my game is in good shape, and it’s easy to say that, but hopefully a good week is just around the corner.”

That ‘corner’ could be next week on the famed Old Course, one of three host venues for the Alfred Dunhill Links.

We still recall vividly the then 22-year old Dunne in 2015 becoming the first amateur in 88-years to hold the 54-hole lead at The Open, and while he slumped to a share of 30th place, the young Irishman won the hearts that week of so many.

However, even dad, Colin on the bag on day two at Wentworth in the absence of regular caddy Darren Reynolds, didn’t help, with Dunne projected to drop five places to 106th on the Race to Dubai standings, and that much closer to being inside the 110 to retain full membership for 2020.

Dunne is in next week’s Alfred Dunhill Links field in Scotland but then he’s currently well outside the top-75 that will contest November’s Turkish Airlines Open.

Though in speaking with IrishGolfMag ahead of the Wentworth event, Dunne sounded pretty positive of turning round the poorest form of his short pro career.

“I’ve been working on the same stuff but it just hasn’t been working and I guess that’s just the way the game is,” Dunne added.

“The last two to three weeks, I’ve started to see a shift in that what I’ve been working on for the last three months is starting to actually come in when I just hit normal shots.

“I’m starting to see the ability to shape the ball both ways again because everything was very much all left to right for me for the whole year. I’m starting to turn over iron shots again which makes it easier to hit at left pins.

“I feel like every week it’s going to get gradually better as long as I don’t wear myself out, so hopefully I can have a strong finish to the season and get into Dubai.”

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