The Open 'Rattled' Paul Dunne rues poor final round

Amateur Paul Dunne took no positives out of his final round at The Open after missing out on the Silver Medal.

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'Rattled' Paul Dunne rues poor final round

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Amateur Paul Dunne took no positives out of his final round at The Open after missing out on the Silver Medal.

The Irishman, 22, shared the lead heading into Monday at St Andrews, but faltered with a six-over 78 to slip to a tie for 30th.

It meant Dunne went from the top of the leaderboard to missing out on the Silver Medal, won by American Jordan Niebrugge as the best-placed amateur.

"The first three days were good," Dunne said.

"The last round I don't think there"s much positives to put on it.

"The last three days I got off to a steady start and settled into the round, and here I had a couple shots that I hadn't seen in any practice sessions. It kind of just rattled me a little bit. I didn't really know where they came from."

Dunne made six bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies on Monday as he finished at six under overall.

Like Dunne, Niebrugge also admitted to nerves " and said the Silver Medal was perhaps his greatest achievement.

"I would rank it up for sure the top accomplishment I've had so far: the Silver Medal in a major championship, especially at St Andrews, is definitely a dream come true," he said.

"I played in the Masters last year and the John Deere Classic this last summer and both of those experiences definitely made this a little easier.

"There is nothing like coming down the last hole, though. It's just an awesome amphitheatre - I was a little nervous."

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