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Dunne's California dreams dashed by nightmare start

When it’s too tough for most, however, it’s just right for Shane Lowry.

KJ Choi (pictured on Saturday) is coping well on Sunday.
KJ Choi (pictured on Saturday) is coping well on Sunday.
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IRELAND’S PAUL DUNNE’S hopes of topping his first PGA Tour appearance with a victory were cruelly sliced apart on his torrid front nine at the Farmer’s Insurance Open.

The tee-times at the Torrey Pines course in San Diego were moved forward as players and officials braced for high winds and rain, and those conditions worked against Dunne.

The 23-year-old was four shots off the lead going in to this evening’s fourth round, but was eight eight back and one over par when play was stopped on Sunday afternoon.

Dunne’s early start began in nightmare fashion as he carded bogeys on each of the first three holes to take chunks off his -5 overnight tally. Before it got better, it got worse. A birdie on the sixth arrived in between further bogeys to leave him four over par at the turn and he slipped two shots further back to sit at + 1 before steadying the ship with a run of pars from hole 12 through 16 where the weather delay took over.

While Dunne plummeted in the tough conditions, it seemed just right for Shane Lowry. . The Offaly man overtook Dunne and 22 more golfers with a round of 73 as he plotted a steady route around the course.

Lowry picked up just a single shot on the front nine and made up for the damage caused by bogeys on 10 and 16 with birdies on 14 and the last.

Brandt Snedeker is the clubhouse leader with -6, but by the suspension of play Jimmy Walker had overtaken his compatriot and KJ Choi. He sits on -7 through 10 holes.

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