Final Shot with Paul Dunne

Louie Chan talks to the Irish young star and Audemars Piguet ambassador 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.