"The break was good for me" - Paul Dunne back enjoying his golf after Open break

The Greystones native is seeking a second consecutive top 20 finish on the European Tour

Paul Dunne

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Paul Dunne says he is back enjoying his golf after a five week break from the sport following The Open last month.

The Greystones golfer finished tied for 147th and the result was his third consecutive missed cut. Speaking after his third round at the Made in Denmark tournament, he was asked whether being on course for a second consecutive top 20 finish has eased some of the pressure on him.

"Not really, I'll tell you after tomorrow. I took a bit of a break and got back to it. I had struggled a little bit in the six weeks leading up to The Open. I just needed to clear my head and work with my coach in America.

"The break was good for me, I'm ready to come back and hopefully I can seal the deal in the next few weeks."

There are, he admits, some small tweaks he needs to make to his game and lamented his inconsistency during his third round.

"It's a bit annoying because I've never played two bogey-free rounds in a row, so to drop one on the last is a bit annoying. My game is in pretty good shape, I've been hitting it well and giving myself a lot of chances - I just have capitalised on a lot of them. But I'm pretty steady, I'm picking up a shot here and there."  

Of the event, he noted that the conditions have been good for the majority of the tournament. The wind has played in his favour and Dunne says he is used to some of the tougher challenges that the course has presented. 

"The first day the weather was perfect. It was five mile-per-hour wind and the sun was out, it was warm. But then yesterday, the first six or seven balls was like playing amateur golf back in Ireland. It was really windy, I was hitting a five iron about 130 yards. Then it just died off as the day went on.

"Today was just a steady 15 mile-per-hour wind which is sort of what this course is designed to take. The set-up is good and it's a good test. There's a lot of downwind holes that are good birdie chances, a lot of drive-able par-fours."