Sunday, August 19, 2018

Paul Dunne holds off Rory McIlroy to win British Masters

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England — Paul Dunne held off a challenge from Rory McIlroy in the final round of the British Masters on Sunday to claim his first European Tour title.

Dunne, who sprang to prominence after sharing the 54-hole lead in the 2015 British Open while still an amateur, had seven birdies and an eagle in a closing 9-under 61 to finish at 20-under 260.

The Irishman, 24, sealed the victory by chipping in on the 18th to finish three shots clear of McIlroy and secure a place in the world's top 100 for the first time.

"It feels great. I feel like I've been up there a few times and never put my foot down to win it," said Dunne, who lost a play-off to Edoardo Molinari in the Hassan Trophy in April.

"I have come close, so it's nice to put the demon off my back and get my first one."

McIlroy's 63 was his lowest score of an injury-plagued season that he will bring to an early, self-imposed end next week.

European Ryder Cup vice-captain Robert Karlsson, who began the day with a one-shot lead, finished third at 16 under after shooting 66.

LPGA: Brooke Henderson won the weather-delayed New Zealand Women's Open in Auckland, finishing with 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory. Henderson led by four after six holes when the final round was suspended. She returned and finished at 17-under 271 to easily hold off Jing Yan (71). Overnight leader Belen Mozo shot 78 to fade into a tie for fifth, eight back. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 75 to finish another shot back.