Anxious wait for Paul Dunne after missed cut leaves his Tour status hanging by a thread

A nervous weekend is in store for the Greystones golfer.

Five birdies today wasn't enough to repair Thursday's damage.
Five birdies today wasn't enough to repair Thursday's damage.
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PAUL DUNNE’S EUROPEAN Tour fate will be decided over the course of the weekend, but he will have no part to play in it after a tenth missed cut of the season.

The Greystones native now faces a nervous wait to discover whether he’ll finish inside the top 111 places on the Race to Dubai and retain his card, or miss out and be forced to enter Qualifying School.

Dunne signed for an impressive round of 67 today, which included five birdies, but it wasn’t enough to repair the damage of Thursday’s opening 73 at the Portugal Masters.

Heading into the final event of the regular season, the 23-year-old sat in 101st position in the standings but is now projected to slip down the rankings with a number of players currently below him still in contention in Portugal.

Dunne has earned €260,793 in prize money in his debut season on the Tour but has endured frustrations throughout with just two top 10 finishes and seven top 20 finishes to his name.

The former Blackrock College student earned his first full Tour card last November after finishing inside the top 25 at the Qualifying School in Girona.

Pádraig Harrington is having no such problems, meanwhile, after he followed-up yesterday’s 66 with an eight-under par 63 today.

The three-time Major winner is just a shot off the lead, which is held at the halfway point by Scotland’s Marc Warren.

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