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British Masters: Paul Dunne shoots final-day 61 to beat Rory McIlroy

British Masters: Paul Dunne shoots final-day 61 to beat Rory McIlroy

-20 P Dunne (Ire) -17 R McIlroy (NI); -16 R Karlsson (Swe); -14 F Fritsch (Ger), D Lingmerth (Swe), G Storm (Eng); -13 S Lowry (Ire) 

Ireland's Paul Dunne shot a nine-under-par 61 on the final day of the British Masters to hold off Rory McIlroy and win his first European Tour title.

Dunne finished on 20 under par to win by three strokes from Northern Irishman McIlroy, who could record only the second winless season of his career.

World number six McIlroy shot 63 for his best round of the year to finish on 17 under at Close House.

Dunne, 24, carded seven birdies and an eagle in his final round in Newcastle.

He was in a five-way tie for second heading into Sunday's final round, which he began with three birdies in his first five holes before eagling the sixth.

The world number 192, who came to prominence after sharing the 54-hole lead at the 2015 Open while still an amateur, added four more birdies on the back nine.

That included chipping in on the par-three 18th to finish in style and claim a three-stroke victory after McIlroy had earlier closed to within a shot of the lead.

"It feels great. I feel like I've been up there a few times and never put my foot down to win it," said Dunne, who lost a play-off to Edoardo Molinari in the Hassan Trophy in April.

"I have come close, so it's nice to put the demon off my back and get my first one." 

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