Fi­nal Shot

Louie Chan talks to the Ir­ish young star and Aude­mars Piguet am­bas­sador about his best ever round and most mem­o­rable shot.

HK Golfer - - Contents - In­ter­view by Louie Chan

Paul Dunne, the Ir­ish young star, talks about his best ever round and most mem­o­rable shot.

When did you start play­ing - and where?

I started play­ing golf at the age of 10, at my lo­cal golf club Grey­stones. I loved it from the word go, and soon be­came ob­sessed with the game! I still spend a lot of time prac­tic­ing there to­day.

What’s been your best ever round?

My best round would have to be this year, my 61 (-9) in the fi­nal round of the Bri­tish Masters at Close House GC. I started the day 1 shot off the lead, and with 7 birdies and 1 ea­gle, I really couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter score in that sit­u­a­tion. Shoot­ing that saw me hold off Rory McIl­roy and win my first Euro­pean Tour event which was really spe­cial, and cer­tainly one to re­mem­ber.

Do you have a favourite course and why?

My favourite course would be the Mar­quess course at Woburn. I have won Open Qual­i­fy­ing there 3 years in a row. It really suits my game and I love ev­ery­thing about the place.

Who would be in your dream four­ball?

It would have to be Tiger Woods, then Ryan Giggs and Paul Sc­holes as I’m a foot­ball fan!

Which is your most mem­o­rable shot?

Go­ing back to the Bri­tish Masters, when I holed my chip on the par-3 18th for a birdie. It was a pres­sure shot as I wanted to get up and down at worst, so for it to go in was amaz­ing. The at­mos­phere around the green was in­cred­i­ble so when it dropped, ev­ery­one was on their feet! I’ve also had 7 hole-in-ones which have been mem­o­rable.

What do Aude­mars Piguet and you have in com­mon? How does the AP brand phi­los­o­phy ‘To break the rules, you must first mas­ter them’ in­spire you?

Both my­self and AP are in con­stant pur­suit of per­fec­tion, at­ten­tion to de­tail, and of course, metic­u­lous time­keep­ing. I be­lieve we both dif­fer­en­ti­ate our­selves in a way to stand out from the rest. I think these points alone show we have a lot in com­mon, and why I am proud to be an AP am­bas­sador.

You re­cently vis­ited the AP Man­u­fac­ture. How did you en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence? Any fun fact?

I really en­joyed the visit, as it was in­cred­i­ble to see the work that goes be­hind these watches. You can never really ap­pre­ci­ate it un­til you see it for your­self. It cer­tainly makes you have a new-found ap­pre­ci­a­tion for wear­ing the AP pieces. I found it amaz­ing that it takes 1,000 hours to make a watch, which shows the qual­ity and ded­i­ca­tion that goes into each one.

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