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Paul Dunne - how far can he go in the game?


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#1 OldTomMorris

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 03:48 PM

Paul Dunne
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He's made really good progress this year. Been very impressed with his all-round game having gotten to see a lot of him this season particularly in the last few weeks.

To me he looks like a player who can go on and achieve great things.

I appreciate he's early in his career and will be experiencing a steep learning curve but would be curious to know if there is anything specific behind his tremendous leap forward this year. He finished Race To Dubai 2016 @ 106 in ranking.

Anyone got any interesting insight into his game or person?

Edited by OldTomMorris, 10 October 2017 - 05:34 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:15 PM

I bet he wins 14 majors then runs into a fire hydrant........oh wait...

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 05:31 PM

very impressive young player.
best of luck to him
How s Tom Lewis game these days?

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 05:35 PM

For his improvement this year, I think it's just experience, he was a good amateur, good college player, won his card straight away. Just natural progression I think.

Works really, really hard on his game. Very well grounded and a good all-rounder. Anyone who can lead a major after 54 holes as an amateur is a serious talent.

Having said that, I don't think he's anywhere near Rory's level of talent. I think it's hard to tell how he will do in majors/WGCs until he plays a few more. He'll be 25 in November, so that's older than Justin Thomas, Spieth, Rahm etc.

If I take a wild guess now, I'd say 7-8 European Tour wins, playing in 2/3 Ryder Cups. If he gets a good week, he could win a major like Willett, but I never see him being someone who would be considered one of the main contenders.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:46 AM

I was incredibly impressed with how rock solid his short game performed under the big pressure of the final around at the British Masters.

He ranks highly in the putting stats which is never a bad thing.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 03:29 AM

View PostDave230, on 10 October 2017 - 05:35 PM, said:

For his improvement this year, I think it's just experience, he was a good amateur, good college player, won his card straight away. Just natural progression I think.

Works really, really hard on his game. Very well grounded and a good all-rounder. Anyone who can lead a major after 54 holes as an amateur is a serious talent.

Having said that, I don't think he's anywhere near Rory's level of talent. I think it's hard to tell how he will do in majors/WGCs until he plays a few more. He'll be 25 in November, so that's older than Justin Thomas, Spieth, Rahm etc.

If I take a wild guess now, I'd say 7-8 European Tour wins, playing in 2/3 Ryder Cups. If he gets a good week, he could win a major like Willett, but I never see him being someone who would be considered one of the main contenders.

Plenty of shining stars in their college years who ended up doing nothing, or took years to mature (ie Justin Rose). I remember a time when 25 was young for a pro golfer! He is still on the right trajectory, and probably one of the better prospects in Europe right now.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:37 AM

Does he hit it far enough? GolfWRX far enough? :lol:

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:27 PM

Went the full 4 years at UAB.  Started off a bit slow at college after being a top junior amateur in Ireland.  Really took off during his junior season and was a member of the winning Euro Palmer cup team.  Obviously was the 54 hole leader at the Open as an amateur after his senior season.  Didn't turn pro until he was nearly 23 after leading Europe in the 2015 Walker cup win over the U.S.  His career is obviously on an upward trajectory the past year.  I don't know if he has any PGA aspirations but he definitely has the talent and work ethic to be one of the best players on the European Tour for years to come.  He has certainly been impressive these past two weeks.  Maybe Dunne will win a major one day similar to his idol Graeme McDowell.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:12 PM

Irish and Scandinavian players will develop later than in the US, few soccer moms over here. He did great combatting for the victory in the Dunhill links, even though he won his first victory the week before. Very humble irish fellow, not the JT/Reed attitude. Plenty of firepower, biceps the size of JT's quads, and a sound game. I do wonder though if his short game is good enough for major wins. Definitely more talented than Theon Willett.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:48 AM

View PostHankshank, on 11 October 2017 - 11:12 PM, said:

Irish and Scandinavian players will develop later than in the US, few soccer moms over here. He did great combatting for the victory in the Dunhill links, even though he won his first victory the week before. Very humble irish fellow, not the JT/Reed attitude. Plenty of firepower, biceps the size of JT's quads, and a sound game. I do wonder though if his short game is good enough for major wins. Definitely more talented than Theon Willett.

his short game is supposed to be his strongest suit...

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:55 PM

I could see him going places now that he has a W under his belt.  I've thought he was always a bit tentative/apprehensive/unsure of himself.  The confidence he gets from the W will go a long way.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:12 AM

View PostCarvallo Golf, on 12 October 2017 - 12:55 PM, said:

I could see him going places now that he has a W under his belt.  I've thought he was always a bit tentative/apprehensive/unsure of himself.  The confidence he gets from the W will go a long way.

problem with pro golf ..sometimes the wins are 10 years apart.
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