Sunday at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters was another tough one for Paul Dunne. Dunne closed with a level par 72 which included five birdies and five bogies. That up and down round dropped the Greystones man down eleven spots to finish in a tie for 21st which earned him €25,016.
The signs are very positive from the Greystones man, despite falling backwards on the final day again Dunne has amassed €65,878 from his first four starts this season taking him to a comfortable place inside the top 30 on the Race to Dubai rankings.
At the top Jeunghun Wang won his third European Tour title after beating Joakim Lagergren and Jaco Van Zyl in a play-off.
The South Korean began the day with a three-shot lead but was caught on the back nine. The win for Wang comes in just his 29th European Tour event and at 21 years and 144 days old, he is the third youngest player to win three events after Matteo Manassero and Seve Ballesteros.
It was heartbreak for South African Van Zyl, who looked the favourite when he got on the green in two on the play-off hole but a second three-putt of the day cost him dear as he finished runner-up on the European Tour for the fifth time in his 150th event.
Swede Lagergren is also searching for his first win and he left himself too much work to do when he pulled his second shot in the play-off into the greenside bunker.
Wang won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award last season after his victories at the Trophée Hassan II – also after a play-off – and the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and could now climb as high as 29th in the Official World Golf Ranking as he continues his meteoric rise.
“This feels really fantastic for me,” he said. “It’s really, really great. I’m so happy.”
“I just don’t want to get any pressure this year. I just want to learn from the other players. I just want to keep winning, I hope. I’ve really got a lot of confidence right now, I just want to play another tournament.
“I was really nervous on the back nine. I missed a lot of greens but my chipping was really good today so I saved everything and finally I won.
“I just wanted to try to make birdie at the last. I didn’t think about anything. I just wanted to try to make birdie.”
Graeme McDowell completed his first competitive start of the season carding a closing round of 69 coming home in 32 shots to finish in a tie for 28th.