Alan Dunbar in action
17 July 2012
Alan Dunbar at The Open
One Irishman in the field at the Open this week stands out from the rest as being only one of two amateur golfers in the field.
Alan Dunbar became the latest golfer from Ireland to light up the golf world after winning the Amateur Championship at Royal Troon last month. The 23-year-old defeated Austrian teenager Matthias Schwab by one hole to become the latest Irish winner after Brian McElhinney in 2003.
The Rathmore player takes the Amateur Championship trophy back to Ireland hard on the heels of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy winning the 2010 and 2011 US Opens, and Darren Clarke’s victory in last year’s British Open Championship at Royal St George’s.
Dunbar’s Walker Cup experience, and his putting stroke, paid off against the 17-year-old Austrian in the first final to go all 36 holes since Spain’s Alejandro Larrazabal defeated Martin Sell at Royal Porthcawl in 2002.
This week, the challenge is different.
The Open Championship throws Dunbar into a field that boasts Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and other household names. His first goal will be to win the Silver Medal for leading amateur and to do so, must make the cut and finish higher than Manuel Trappel from Austria who is well within the World Amateur Golf Ranking top ten.
After that, who knows what is possible. Remember 12 months ago? Tom Lewis took the golfing world by storm, in contention until the final day.
Perhaps the man from Rathmore can do better? Remember Shane Lowry………..?
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