Biggest reprieve of Paul Dunne's golfing career keeps Open hopes alive 6 years ago

Biggest reprieve of Paul Dunne's golfing career keeps Open hopes alive

It could have been double figures.

Paul Dunne almost got off to an absolute nightmare start to his final round at the Open before getting his championship quest back on track.

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The Irish amateur bogeyed his first hole at St Andrews to fall two behind the early leader, Louis Oosthuizen.

He then sliced his drive, from the second tee, way right. There were worries that his ball may have been lost and, as a precaution, he teed off again.

Unfortunately, that drive did go out of bounds. Taking a prospective five off the tee, he let rip again and, on this occasion, found a gorse bush.

This is when fate intervened.

Dunne's first drive was located on the 18th green. He was then back to his first drive and composed himself to chip back onto the fairway.

He carded a bogey after leaving a 12-foot putt left of the hole.

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At -10, though, he is still in the championship hunt.

You can follow all the final afternoon action here.