KPMG sponsored Paul Dunne was delighted to be trending in the right direction across all facets of his game after he picked up a timely top-5 finish at the Made in Denmark presented by FREJA on Sunday.
The Greystones professional enjoyed a rip-roaring back nine as he cut through the field with four birdies in a superb four-under par 67 to land in a share of fourth place at nine-under par at the close of play at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.
“Definitely happy with the week,” reflected Dunne, whose finish is just one place off his best result to date this year when he took third at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth back in February.
“I guess the last year, to a few months, hasn’t been great for me. I struggled a bit with my ball striking and I’m working hard at it, so I guess the biggest positive this week was that I was positive strokes gained in every department - driving, approach play, around the greens, putting. I can’t remember the last time I was positive in all four of those stats so it’s nice to see everything trending well.”
The performance was a hugely impressive one for Dunne who’s been threatening to catch fire this year without ever fully igniting. What’s more, a cheque worth €109,440 and the Race to Dubai points that go with it will provide a much-needed shove in the right direction for the Wicklow man, who holds aspirations of adding an Open Championship date at Royal Portrush to an already packed summer schedule.
“It was really nice to play the back-nine well,” added Dunne, who raced home in 31 at crunch time. “Seeing that the scoring was better than the previous days, it was nice to make the turn and know I was a little bit behind everyone and have a good finish coming in to pick up a few quid on the last few holes.
“The meat of the season is just starting now. It’s nice to be based back in Europe as well and get ready for a nice run of events starting in Germany, through the Scottish Open and hopefully I qualify for the Open in that run, but we’ll wait and see.
“Before that I have the GolfSixes but that’s about it. I’m not going to US Open Qualifying. For now though, I’m just going to be happy for a couple of days with the finish and the more positive direction of the game and then I’ll get back to work at it.”
At the top, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger won his fifth European Tour title after a thrilling final day battle with Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre.