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Late birdie leaves Dunne in a tie for 17th.
Late birdie leaves Dunne in a tie for 17th.
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Could Paul Dunne launch a challenge at Torrey Pines? He's only four shots back

Scott Brown and KJ Choi lead the field at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Jan 31st 2016, 11:19 AM 5,251 7

PGA TOUR DEBUTANT Paul Dunne will start today’s final round at the Farmers Insurance Open just four shots off the lead.

The Greystones golfer rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the last to finish his third round with a 71.

He sits on five-under-par, four behind joint leaders Scott Brown and KJ Choi ahead of Sunday’s action at Torrey Pines.

But it’s a stacked leaderboard with just four strokes separating the top 23 players. Jimmy Walker and Gary Woodland are a shot off the pace on eight-under, while Dustin Johnson is among those still in the mix on six-under.

After opening with early bogeys at the first and again at the fourth, Dunne showed his resilience with two birdies to get back to level par by the turn.

A three-putt at the par-three 11th cost him another shot, but two big birdies — a 26 footer at 13, and another at the last — put him right in contention.

Dunne tees off for his final round alongside Patton Kizzire and Derek Fathauer at 3.50pm Irish time.

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