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Irish Open: Confident Dunne in with chance after his performance in France

By Liam Kelly

What a difference a week makes to a professional golfer. Last Wednesday, Paul Dunne had a miserable experience in the build-up to the HNA Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris when he lost 10 golf balls.

This on the day before the second event in the Rolex Series, a tournament which carried a prize fund of $7 million.

By Sunday evening, the agony of Wednesday had turned to delight for the Greystones Golf Club member.

Dunne had shot 65 in the final round, and collected €100,000 for his performance, taking his earnings for the season so far to €576,479.

Crazy game, this golf, but when the crazy breaks go your way, they are to be cherished.

So yesterday, there's Dunne, looking confident ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and reflecting on a nicely weird and profitable week. "I lost 10 golf balls on the Wednesday. If you had told me I'd shoot 65 on the Sunday, I'd have said you were bonkers.

"On Thursday, I had 10 putts on the front nine to be out in level par, so I was still struggling a little bit.

"My putting kept me in it on Thursday, and then Friday, towards the end of the week, I started to hit it better. I started to find some things.

"Then on Sunday I just hit it better and I continued to putt well, so that's why the scores were good.

"It was nice. It makes everything feel free this week."

The French Open experience means that Dunne carries some momentum into the Portstewart event.

He likes the course, and it suits his eye, particularly the holes which favour a fade off the tee.

Dunne starts at 1.10pm with Lee Westwood and Tyrell Hatton.

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