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Friendly advice: Shane Lowry has spoken to Paul Dunne
Friendly advice: Shane Lowry has spoken to Paul Dunne

By Brian Keogh

Shane Lowry has told Paul Dunne he will emerge a better and stronger player no matter what happens at the Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

As Lowry enjoys a week's R&R with his wife and baby daughter in Dubai and recharges his batteries for next week's DP World Tour Championship finale, Dunne will tee it up in Spain on Friday as one of 156 players bidding to secure one of 25 European Tour cards at the gruelling 108-hole Q-School in Tarragona.

Pro golf is a world where it's every man for himself and sympathy is in short supply. But Lowry genuinely feels for Dunne, who won the British Masters in 2017 and looked on top of the world only to suffer a crisis of confidence this season, missing 12 of 14 cuts to find himself back at the dreaded Q-School.

Even if he fails to make the top-25 who will be given full cards, Dunne (26) will still get close to 20 starts in 2020.

But while it's all flowers and violins in Lowry's world as he prepares to head home to polish the Claret Jug and complete the round of awards ceremonies, he sees Dunne's plight as a reminder of the twin imposters of success and failure.

"It's a mad game that we play," Lowry said in Turkey on Sunday shortly before Tyrrell Hatton walked away with a cheque for $2m (£1.6m). "Sometimes you feel like you are doing everything right and you don't get what you deserve. And sometimes you get things that you don't deserve.

"I said it to Paul a few weeks ago, before he played the French Open.

"I said, 'You are in the middle of a 20-odd-year career and what you do the next few weeks is not going to define you as a player or as a person'.

"There will be other lads at the Q-School who will be going there with a bit of confidence and Paul is maybe the least confident.

"But once Paul gets out the other side of this, he will be a stronger person for it and he will be a better player for it."

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