Golf

Paul Dunne leads way after flawless first round at Turkish Open

Greystones’ Paul Dunne has made a spectacular start to the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya and leads the field after carding a flawless first round 64.

And Ryder Cup captain-in-waiting Padraig Harrington ensured an Irish one-two on the leaderboard, posting a 65 after missing a short birdie putt on the 18th to lie joint second in a group of three at -6.    

Shane Lowry sits three shots further back on -3. The Offaly man carded five birdies in his round but bogeys on 7 and 13 pulled him back into the pack. 

Dunne, who hit the turn at -2 went on a blitz on the back nine with birdies on 10, 11, 13 and 15 before a 3 on the last propelled him into the lead.

Harrington had made the early running and was -4 after the front nine with a bogey on 7 the only blemish on his card for the day. He’s joined in second by current champion Justin Rose and Thorbjørn Olsen.    

Rose, who will return to the top of the world rankings with victory on Sunday, holed his second shot to the par-four fourth hole at Regnum Carya Golf Resort for an eagle.

And the Olympic champion then holed from 18 feet for birdie on the next to improve to three under par. He also birdied the par-three 8th from close range and finished with birdies on 15 and 18.

Speaking afterwards, Dunne said;  “The holes I needed to hit a good shot on, I stepped up and hit a really straight one and that’s what I was really pleased with.

“I left a few putts short out there but I think we can always say that. It was a fairly stress-free 64 and I’ll take that.”

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