British Masters: Paul Dunne Shoots Final-Day 61 To Beat Rory McIlroy

British Masters: Paul Dunne Shoots Final-Day 61 To Beat Rory McIlroy”

Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington were among the European Tour stars to turn to social media to praise Paul Dunne's impressive victory at the British Masters.

There are seven events left this season on the European Tour (including the finale in Dubai), and with Dunne now less than 200,000 points behind 10th place Bernd Wiesberger, there is plenty left to play for as the 24-year-old savours his first win.

Four-time major victor McIlroy had moved to within a shot of Dunne in shooting 63 on Sunday for a total of 17-under.

The Irishman fired a round-of-the-week 61 during the final round at Close House to secure his maiden European Tour title, finishing three strokes clear of world No 6 Rory McIlroy.

Dunne, who lost a play-off to Edoardo Molinari in the Hassan Trophy in April, enjoyed a remarkable stroke of luck when his approach to the 11th pitched into a sprinkler head on the edge of the green and bounced back to within five feet of the hole.

"I have come close, so it's nice to put the demon off my back and get my first one".

McIlroy's 63 was the lowest score of an injury-plagued season which he will bring to an early, self-imposed end next week.

With his season having been blighted by a rib injury, the four-time major victor is yet to secure a title in 2017.

"It was nice to have a chance to win a tournament", said McIlroy, whose last victory came at the Tour Championship in September previous year.

Speaking about his near miss in Newcastle, where Dunne produced a near-flawless 61 to hold off McIlroy's menacing charge, the 28-year-old was content with his efforts, having finished 17 under par.

Ryder Cup vice-captain Robert Karlsson began the day with a one-shot lead and the Swede finished third on 16 under par after a final-round 66. "I think that was the big thing and the more chances I have like that, I seem to play better".

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