Brilliant Paul Dunne beats Rory McIlroy to the British Masters

The Wicklow golfer shot a final round 61 to win his first European Tour event.

IRELAND’S PAUL DUNNE has won the 2017 British Masters this afternoon.

British Masters - Day Four - Close House Golf Club Dunne celebrates his victory. Source: Richard Sellers

The 24-year-old Greystones native went into Sunday one shot off the lead after an excellent third round performance in Newcastle, and started brilliantly with three birdies and an eagle in the first six holes.

Rory McIlroy carded a 63 to sit on 17 under par going into the clubhouse, meaning Dunne then needed to par the final two holes or better to claim his first European Tour event.

And he birdied both — chipping in on the 18th — to card a nine under par 61 for the day and earn victory in style at Close House.

Sweden’s Robert Karlsson finished one shot behind McIlroy, who is still looking for his first win of the calendar year heading into this final event of 2017 — next week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scoltand.

Offaly golfer Shane Lowry, meanwhile, produced a final round 66 to finish seven shots back from the new champion Dunne.

Final Round British Masters Source: Twitter/British Masters

Watch Dunne being presented with his trophy and cheque for £472,552 (€535,763):

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